Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership
What a wonderful post! It sums the countless hours I’ve spent editing and commenting on the work of my grad students (as well as a few articles I’ve reviewed for colleagues). It is well worth saving and savoring.
What if academic prose could aspire to be an art form in its own right, equal to any other mode of creative expression? What would be lost and what would be gained in thinking this way?
Lead with the point you most want to make. Don’t hold anything back. Strive to get to the point right away. Don’t let the reader get impatient.
Don’t pander. Challenge the reader, make him or her stretch to get what you mean, to get what doesn’t come easily or right away. Challenge yourself as a writer to stretch what you mean, but don’t lose all control of your meaning. Don’t get carried away by what sounds nice or impressive.
The best measure I’ve found for determining good academic writing is whether or not it makes me want to write. If reading something makes me want to stop immediately and go to the computer with…
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