ERIC Number: ED437525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Returning To Study: A Guide for Professionals.
Written for professional people returning to study, this book provides practical guidance and strategies to increase confidence, enhance skills, and develop critical awareness and creativity. Chapter 1 helps students identify reasons for return to study and their implications; examine their interpretations of what learning is; and think about questions of when and where to study. Chapter 2 examines the place of critical thinking in the process of returning to study. Chapter 3 explores ways to work effectively with peers and tutors; become aware of existing levels of personal knowledge; and improve communication of ideas and information in oral presentations. Chapter 4 considers focusing reading on key texts and authors; using strategies for making reading more efficient; assessing sources of information and their relative usefulness; and developing a bank of references and experimenting with a system of cross-referencing. Chapter 5 explores planning written work as an integral part of the study process and preparatory stages of writing. Chapter 6 addresses structuring writing to enable the reader easier access to ideas; using conventions of academic writing; and presenting written work for submission. Chapter 7 focuses on purposes that lie behind and demands of writing a dissertation; deciding how to generate and control questions to underpin the dissertation; the need to focus, plan, and develop work within particular constraints; and writing a title and abstract. Chapter 8 revisits personal interpretations of returning to study and ways of learning. The book contains 36 references, 55 suggestions for further reading, and index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Cognitive Processes, Content Area Writing, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Listening Skills, Notetaking, Reading Skills, Reentry Students, Research Papers (Students), Speech Skills
Open University Press, 325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (paperback: ISBN-0-335-201-31-8, 13.99 British pounds; hardback: ISBN-0-335-20132-6, 45 British pounds. Web site: http://www.openup.co.uk.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)