21 Scaffolding Learning in a Learning Management System

Learning to Write an Action Research Proposal

Priya Sharma & Alice E. Anderson

1. Introduction

Writing is a complex activity, dependent on various procedural, cognitive, and personal factors. Writing is an integral and prominent part of education, especially graduate education where masters and doctoral students produce culminating reports of research or practice in the form of papers, theses, or dissertations. Previous research has documented that even students at the doctoral level tend to encounter obstacles in writing well, especially within literature review and methodology sections of theses (e.g., Boote & Beile, 2005), and that their writing tends to exhibit flaws in analysis and ...

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