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dc.contributor.authorTurner, Ian J.
dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Ellen S.
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-02T11:57:21Z
dc.date.available2016-12-02T11:57:21Z
dc.date.issued2013-04
dc.identifier.citationTurner, Ian S. and Beaumont, Ellen. S. (2013) 'Lonely heart columns: A novel and entertaining way of teaching students abstract writing skills', Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 1 (3), pp. 1-11en
dc.identifier.issn2044-3315
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621101
dc.description.abstractAbstract writing is a key skill for science graduates; they are a common feature in many of the standard forms of scientific dissemination such as scientific research articles. In this paper we present a novel and entertaining approach for teaching abstract writing using adverts from lonely heart columns (LHC). Student constructed full profiles of the authors of LHC and constructed LHC profiles of celebrities to illustrate the key sills in abstract construction. There was no significant difference between the grades achieved by student taught using LHC and a more traditional approach, suggesting there were no negative impacts from this delivery method. Student in LHC tutorial overwhelmingly enjoy the tutorial, 95% responded the question ‘how would you rate the enjoyment of this tutorial’ as ‘much’ or ‘very much’. In addition to abstract writing two thirds of students in LHC tutorial believed they improved their ability to speak in front of others and their creative thinking skills. The LHC tutorial is a novel approach to teaching and learning that is both enjoyable and effective.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherStaffordshire Universityen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe/article/view/32en
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe/indexen
dc.subjectTransferable skillsen
dc.subjectTeaching and learningen
dc.subjectWriting skillsen
dc.subjectStudent experienceen
dc.titleLonely heart columns: A novel and entertaining way of teaching students abstract writing skillsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalInnovative Practice in Higher Educationen
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-28T15:09:18Z
html.description.abstractAbstract writing is a key skill for science graduates; they are a common feature in many of the standard forms of scientific dissemination such as scientific research articles. In this paper we present a novel and entertaining approach for teaching abstract writing using adverts from lonely heart columns (LHC). Student constructed full profiles of the authors of LHC and constructed LHC profiles of celebrities to illustrate the key sills in abstract construction. There was no significant difference between the grades achieved by student taught using LHC and a more traditional approach, suggesting there were no negative impacts from this delivery method. Student in LHC tutorial overwhelmingly enjoy the tutorial, 95% responded the question ‘how would you rate the enjoyment of this tutorial’ as ‘much’ or ‘very much’. In addition to abstract writing two thirds of students in LHC tutorial believed they improved their ability to speak in front of others and their creative thinking skills. The LHC tutorial is a novel approach to teaching and learning that is both enjoyable and effective.


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