Graduate Students Charged to be Persuasive in Research Presentation
Postgraduate students of Covenant University have been told to make their research papers more persuasive in order to get published in high impact journals. They were also told to always come up with solutions to viable questions that meet both local and international needs.
This was the submission of the facilitator and Director of the University’s International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada peter in her presentation titled, “Scholarly Writing and Publications,” at the School of Postgraduate Studies Seminar and Workshop on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
At the event tagged “Towards a Ground Breaking Research (Part 3), Dr. Peter emphasised that irrespective of their programme of study, at the center of every research was persuasion. “One of the reasons your papers are turned down is because you are not persuasive enough,” she added.
Dr. Peter also charged the participants to come up with viable questions noting that one thing that make or break a student’s research project is the quality of the problem they pose. Students with good question, she said, find more useful sources, read more thoughtfully as well as make better decisions in planning and drafting their papers.
The facilitator identified three kinds of questions they could pose which include conceptual questions, which attempts to explain things; practical questions, which is not telling the reader what to do, but to understand the issue; and applied questions, which explain what we must understand before we know what to do.
Dr. Peter also presented the elements of good writing which include motive, thesis, analysis, reflections, evidence, sources, stitching, orienting, structure, style, title and key terms.
Earlier in his remarks, the Dean of the School, Professor Samuel Wara noted that the purpose of the seminar was to equip the students with the requirements to present what they had researched. “One way of presentation is through publishing and that is why we are here,” he added.