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What would CD practitioners find helpful in order to write for academic journals?

Wednesday 22nd June 2018, 15:06

A quick guest blog & request for input, from Jill Bedford of changesuk:

I’m going to be co-facilitating a Community Development Journal workshop at the IACD conference in early July on encouraging Community Development practitioners to write articles for academic journals, and want to start planning it with some real idea about what CD practitioners might find useful, rather than jump in with advice and tips we think they might find useful!

I’m really keen to hear from CD practitioners who might consider writing for an academic journal about what support and information they would find helpful in order to put pen to paper, in the next couple of weeks.

You can respond either by commenting here, or on my posterous blog, by contacing @jillbed on Twitter, or contact me via changesuk.

Jill Bedford



CD practioners must have a

CD practioners must have a clear knowledge on the reader of his/her journal. he must take time to analysis envirnment and the community around including their cultural practices and belives. As CD admit that communities knows better their envirnment, he should see the best way of utilizing their experiences on their envirnment to facilitate them towards improving their livelihood.

Hi Jill I suppose

Hi Jill

I suppose encouragement would be a key form of support. It would feel daunting to me, and I'd be worried that what I was writing was going to be judged by people who have (or think they have) a far better grasp of theories and concepts than lay people, and CD practioners. It would be really useful to see examples or extracts of articles written by practioners, to get ideas about different styles that practioners could write in. Support might be needed around expectations or conventions around referencing. Also advice on acceptable word counts - is there such a thing as too short? And perhaps advice on the overall structure of shape of an article - could it be written as a sort of story of experience or learning, or does it need to have an initial proposition (is that the right term?) which the writer goes on to prove or disprove with evidence? And I think it is worth remembering at all times that CD practioners come from all walks of life and very different experiences of formal education.

Although I went to university I didn't do much essay writing as an engineering undergraduate, so have no idea if my argument in a given piece of writing is coming from a Marxist or any other perspective, as I don't really understand what such perspectives are and remember finding that very alienating when I took a human relations module in another department. It would be good to bust myths or perceptions that people writing articles need to have any particular level or type of education. So again, back to encouragement, that feels most important to me - perhaps provide buddies to encourage and guide aspiring article writers.

Thanks Lorna and Cecy - I've

Thanks Lorna and Cecy - I've popped your comments over to Jill :)

<p>The most important part of

<p>The most important part of the process is having someone suggest writing to you specifically in the first place and then be supportive, critical and encouraging to get you started. I'd like to have a clear outline of the 'normal' pattern of academic articles, showing how the argument needs to start from placing it in the existing knowledge through the context for the 'action-research' to the methods, findings and bibliography. Links to some scholar-activist (or activist-scholar) pieces would be helpful and an encouragement to be open about limits and constraints of the work. It takes time to write well and an estimate of how long an author might need to set aside for each element of the process would be great. Access to an academic library and to a 'tutor' would also really help to support the process. I'd love to write up my work but feel nervous of the response of a wider academic audience to my pratlings! </p>

<p>Thanks for your thoughts

<p>Thanks for your thoughts Mark - you are not alone in thinking this...some of the thoughts so far from running the academic writing workshop at the IACD conference last week is that people could do with some one to one support - a buddy to aid the writing process along. I took a couple of documents along to the IACD conference and I'll post them on changes networking site so you can download them. You may find them useful. Cheers, jill. </p>

<p>thanks Lorna - most

<p>thanks Lorna - most useful. Writing buddies seem to be the most useful aspect that has arisen so far. I am just about to post some documents on changes networking site which you find useful.<br /> cheers<br /> jill </p>


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