Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WeCWI Integrated Solutions' Workshop: Research Report: X Factor

A WeCWI Integrated Solutions' workshop entitled Research Report: X Factor was featured in the Northern Zone Research Conference in English Language Education (NORCELE) 2018 on 25 April 2018 organised by Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) in collaboration with Institute of Teacher Education, Tuanku Bainun Campus, Penang. As the only facilitator of this workshop, Dr Mah Boon Yih aimed to help the writers to identify the X factor of writing a research report, so the participants were be able to plan, execute, and report a research in a systematic, structured, and guided manner.

The abstract of the workshop is as follows:

Research Report: X Factor” workshop covers both writing and research perspectives into one agenda. Why write? Write what? Why do research? How to write from research? These are the four basic queries that will be addressed before venturing into a structured scientific writing process. This workshop aims to highlight the X factor through the exploration of the essential steps to write a research report from A to Z. The workshop will begin with the exposure on academic writing conventions, plagiarism avoidance, research assignment analysis, and research schedule establishment, which are the prerequisite knowledge and skills acquired before finding and narrowing a topic within a defined scope. During the drafting process, the researcher needs to read, annotate, and create a list of references in a specified format and style. The main points need to be organised and justified with the relevant supporting details in an associated manner. Before submitting the manuscript for examination or publication, the draft needs to be refined through revising, editing, and proofreading processes. Based on the summary of the key points from these steps, a formulated X factor namely ADOJAR is emphasised. ADOJAR is an acronym referring to Acquired, Defined, Organised, Justified, Associated, and Refined. By understanding and bearing this X factor in mind, academics, researchers, and postgraduate students can plan, execute, and report their research effectively in a systematic, structured, and guided manner.

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