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Liberating Scholarly Writing: The Power of Personal Narrative

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ISBN-13: 978-0807745267
ISBN-10: 080774526X
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A gift to educators and researchers interested in expanding traditional paradigms. --Jacob L. Diaz, Doctoral Student Scholar of the Year 2004, University of Vermont<br \><br \>A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan<br \><br \>A gift to educators and researchers interested in expanding traditional paradigms. -- Jacob L. Diaz, Doctoral Student Scholar of the Year 2004, University of Vermont<br \><br \>A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan<br \><br \>A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan<br \><br \>A gift to educators and researchers interested in expanding traditional paradigms. -- Jacob L. Diaz, Doctoral Student Scholar of the Year 2004, University of Vermont<br \><br \>A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan<br \><br \>A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan

A gift to educators and researchers interested in expanding traditional paradigms. --Jacob L. Diaz, Doctoral Student Scholar of the Year 2004, University of Vermont

A spirited and eloquent guide for those who want to write personally and passionately within the academy. --Ruth Behar, University of Michigan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Audience: Professionals, scholars, and students from education and other fields who are writing theses and dissertations; courses in research methods and academic writing; professional training programs, particularly in education, counseling, and social services. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080774526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807745267
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,627,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrea Silva Mcmanus on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Robert Nash, an engaging writer, rigorous scholar, passionate, kind, committed teacher and a brilliant mind, delivers a groundbreaking book advocating a new paradigm for scholarly writing.

Nash consistently tackles difficult and controversial topics in education with intelligence, grace, balance and the keen insights of a University Professor with nearly forty years in the classroom and the academy. One of the most talented and insightful educational philosophers of our time, he presents a provocative and powerful case that personal writing really does matter.

Nash has three particular audiences for this book. Degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students particularly those from underrepresented groups, graduate students in schools of education and other professional schools who are considering writing theses and dissertations using the personal narrative methodology, and faculty, researchers, and scholars in schools of education, and in other professional schools. The book is useful to anyone who desires to write truthfully and compellingly.

Nash offers ten tentative guidelines for writing narratives, offers eight examples and presents useful and insightful thoughts about the particulars of the genre. Nash offers recommend reading lists and a thorough bibliography helpful to the narrative writer.

Nash has a knack for writing books offering prescient ideas: Faith, Hype and Clarity: Teaching About Religion In America's Schools and Colleges, Religious Pluralism in the Academy: Opening the Dialogue, Real World Ethics: Frameworks for Educators and Human Services Professionals and Answering the Virtuecrats: A Moral Conversation on Character Education. Not surprisingly he does it once more here.
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I Robert Nash's challenging writing on religion and ethics. When I learned about this book I knew it would be worth reading. It is vintage Nash--clear and crisp writing that makes logical points, and then nuanced section that make you read twice but think for days about his implications. Powerful tool to make research more authentic with graduate students. I found it especially useful helping my doctoral students think about their voice and their own stories as it relates to the data they are "processing" for their research. Getting them to think of their own stories helps them see the meaning in their research more effectively. Powerful reading.
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The stories and truths that are written in this book are invaluable. Neither a light read or a beach novel, this is thought provoking and enlightening book. The importance of personal narrative is not told but shown as we are led through stories of many students that open the mind and heart.
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This was a required reading for a writing class. I don't think I would read it voluntarily. It is easy enough to read but the pertinent information is hard to pick out without digesting all of it, and a lot of it I could do without.
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I highly recommend this book. It will help any writer, particularly graduate students working on theses or dissertations, in so many ways!
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