Anatomy of an Abstract: Teaching the Implicit in Science
Abstracts are deceptive: Short but not simple, they are shaped by expectations that are unnamed but definitive. Because the expectations are implicit, new writers usually struggle to discover them, and even experienced writers struggle to name them. In this workshop, we examine abstracts from a variety of scientific disciplines to discover the elements that make an abstract effective. We’ll first use these elements to analyze and revise participants abstracts; we’ll then explore how a reader’s perspective on abstracts makes explicit many of the expectations implicit in the scientific research article. Along the way, we’ll have a conversation on writing, science, and teaching -- including the teaching of science through writing.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
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