Teaching social science as a language: From terroriser to gatekeeper of understanding

Taylor, N. A. J. (2011). Teaching social science as a language: From terroriser to gatekeeper of understanding. In: Proceedings of Lumen International Scientific Conference: Logos Universality Mentality Education Novelty, Section: Social Sciences. Lumen International Scientific Conference, Iasi, Romania, (333-338). 18-19 February 2011.

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Author Taylor, N. A. J.
Title of paper Teaching social science as a language: From terroriser to gatekeeper of understanding
Conference name Lumen International Scientific Conference
Conference location Iasi, Romania
Conference dates 18-19 February 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of Lumen International Scientific Conference: Logos Universality Mentality Education Novelty, Section: Social Sciences
Place of Publication Romania
Publisher Lumen Publishing House
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789731662503
ISSN 2284-5747
2284-5747
Start page 333
End page 338
Total pages 6
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Undergraduates are seldom taught how to be a student of the Social Sciences. The lack of emphasis on teaching Social Science as a language is an oversight of many of its scholars to equip their students with the skills necessary to usefully engage the literature. Quite apart from many excellent courses in research design for final year honors students, I argue that all students should be afforded the same opportunity to engage and reflect on what it is to be a social scientist as they do its theories and findings. This note aims to empower the student with confidence in interpreting and marshaling the literature, by dipping into a select number of texts that usefully ask: how do I sustain a reasoned argument? I argue it is through developing effective reading and writing skills that penetrate texts to uncover their central meaning, rather than be ‘terrorized by the literature’.
Keyword Essay writing
Academic reading
Literature
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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