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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335095968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335095964
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teachers working with young children, needing to inform themselves better about an aspect of the teaching of reading, will findthe reading suggestions for each entry very useful." - SpokenEnglish "...for students and teachers new to this complexfield, the handbook will provide an accessible and informative sourceof reference." - Child Education "RobinCampbell has been able to offer teachers, intending teachers andteacher-educators a remarkably usable book that should pay great dividends."- Reading "...a useful addition to ateacher-training or in-service library." - Educational Psychology "Students will find this book a little gem in helpingthem...to cometo grips with the many strands that have to be interwoven to teach reading effectively, and to understand the complexityof their role in the process and the skills they need to acquire." - Child Language Teaching and Therapy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gavin Fairbairn is Professor of Ethics and Language at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has published widely and his books include Reading at University (Open University Press, 2001) and Becoming an Author (Open University Press, 2006).

Christopher Winch is Professor Educational Philosophy and Policy and Head of Department in the Department of Education and Professional Studies, King's College, London, UK. He has published widely in philosophy, linguistics and education. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dzahra on 10 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
Teaching at both undergraduate and masters level, this book deals with the most common questions raised by students with respect to how to go about academic writing. It covers a wide range of topics, from the basics through to how to develop and evaluate complex arguments, and provides a solid foundation for those looking for guidance on how to start, structure, and conclude written work.

There are shorter books out there, but there are much longer ones too. In this text, the authors do a great job of balancing detail and useful examples with clarity and accessibility.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "pagematthew" on 3 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
I tend to try and alternate between books which require thinking and books which don't when reading. When I read this however I had just read the 900 page Cryptonomicon (though it is not particularly hard to read). It is a credit to the authors' of this book that I found it enjoyable enough to happily read it at that time. Of course the main purpose of this book is to make you a better writer and thinker; not to make you enjoy it. I found that the book made many good points about writing and made me alert to some mistakes in my style. It is a book which does not try and give you any answers but tells you the options available to you and lets you make up your own mind about what is best for you in the situation at hand. Overall a very good book which serves its purpose well. I would like to mention that in a subject such as this it will teach a few nothing, but many that think they are in the few would learn a great deal.
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The coverage is excellent, the book is readable, and the topics are appropriate for my students. I use it as a reference book for masters students in development studies. Although they are fluent speakers of English, English is not their first language and many do not have a good grasp of the written language. This book bridges an important gap.
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By J. Jarvis on 13 April 2012
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This book is an updated edition of an already popular text. It is widely used by students and teachers in higher education to support their academic writing development. As a teacher of both undergraduate and postgraduate students I have found this a very useful resource for teaching aspects of academic writing.
The text first encourages the reader to engage actively with texts in order to make sense and use of what they are reading. Strategies for doing this are identified. Understanding the purposes of writing and how one goes about starting to construct one's own text are explored and a range of strategies are demonstrated. Throughout the text useful examples are given so that readers can see what a particular approach might look like. The authors are not prescriptive and offer a range of ways of starting and structuring writing. A section on grammar, punctuation and spelling deals very clearly with these necessary aspects of writing and issues of style are also addressed.
A chapter that I have found particularly useful is the one on citation and referencing, which demonstrates how a writer can build effectively on the ideas of others rather than scattering references through the text. How one builds arguments through a text is clearly demonstrated.
The clarity of this book is superb and it is useful for people just starting out with academic writing but also for more experienced writers who are aiming to write with greater clarity and effect.
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