What is scholarly writing? How does it differ from day-to-day writing and why is scholarly writing important to someone pursuing an academic degree and planning to become a professional?

Assignment Question

What is scholarly writing? How does it differ from day-to-day writing and why is scholarly writing important to someone pursuing an academic degree and planning to become a professional?

As you learn about some of the elements of scholarly writing and how to write for specific audiences, you will gain the skills necessary to complete written assignments that are appropriate in your role as a Walden student in a master’s or doctorate program. In this Assignment, you will critique a sample of scholarly writing and provide feedback on ways to make it more effective. To prepare for this Assignment Read the following Study Notes: “Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Finding a Scholarly Voice”; “Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Evidence”; “Citing a Discussion Posting and Course Study Notes in APA Style”; “Citing a Laureate Video in APA Style” Read the article, “Enemies of Critical Thinking: Lessons from Social Psychology Research.” Think about articles you have read, in journals or even in the public press, that violate some of the elements of scholarly writing. What, if any, effect did the misuses or abuses have on your thoughts about the information being presented? Read the following paragraph and analyze it for the author’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of scholarly writing, bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience: One of the great breakthroughs in the past 50 years has been the widespread availability of the personal computer.

This powerful learning tool has revolutionized everything from commerce to education and changed the very way everyone conducts his or her daily lives. And most notably, where only a few years ago people wrote about the “digital divide” between those who could afford computers and those who could not, there is almost no discussion along these lines any longer. And, in fact, why would there be? Poor people can now save enough to buy their families a computer for home and school use. In fact, an article in Business Week in 2001 estimated that more than 80% of all high school students were “plugged in.” Assignment Write a 2- to 3-page paper in which you: Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of this author’s effort at scholarly writing, and an assessment of the paragraph in terms of bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience. Be sure your analysis is written in a scholarly voice and uses your scholarly writing skills.