Authorities in every academic discipline share certain expectations and norms for publication in their scholarly journals and texts. While specialists in some disciplines uphold a strict standard of academic writing, other experts allow a more flexible rhetorical style. In general, however, academic writers strive to influence their discourse communities by following the expected norms.

While communities of scholars strive to ensure quality in their disciplines, they also recognize a certain level of subjectivity in determining the quality of academic writing. Analyzing each author’s quality of evidence, awareness of the target audience, and potential for personal bias will help you determine the appropriateness of books, articles, and other documents that you read. For this Assignment, you analyze scholarly articles. As you review the articles, consider the ways that the different backgrounds of the authors and their readers may affect both the creation and the interpretation of the writing.

To prepare:

  • Identify at least 3 peer review elements within one of the articles by Leslie-Bole and Perramond, Piotrowski, and Rivera and Ward.
  • Use specific examples to explain which article you consider to be the most professional and well written.
  • See the “Assignment Rubric” in “Course Information” before you begin.

The assignment: (1 or more pages of CONTENT plus your title page and list of references.) Although the assignment requires a minimum page limit (word limit), I highly encourage everyone to draft a scholarly written paper of at least three to four pages.

  • Analyze the article you selected by doing each of the following:
  • Evaluating the quality of evidence, appropriateness of the content and writing style for the target audience, and the author’s potential bias. Then, explain whether the article meets professional standards for scholarly writing and why.
  • Explaining how various audiences might perceive the author’s intent and message.
  • Explaining how you might revise the article to make it more appropriate for an international audience.

The essence of your paper should contain enough details and citations to explain how your article is related to public policy and administration and your field of interest.. Make certain to include a few examples as well.

You may structure your application as follows:

1. APA 6th edition formatted title page

2. Your full title must be placed on the first line of p.2

3. Required: Levels of Heading: Quality of Evidence, Credibility of Sources, Target Audience, and Conclusion.

4. Reference List–formatted according to APA 6th edition standards.

Resources:

  • Cornell University Library. (n.d.). Distinguishing scholarly from non-scholarly periodicals: A checklist of criteria. Retrieved from http://guides.library.cornell.edu/scholarlyjournals
  • Leslie-Bole, H., & Perramond, E. P. (2017). Oyster feuds: Conflicting discourses and outcomes in Point Reyes, California. Journal of Political Ecology, 24, 2. Retrieved from http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_24/Leslie-Bole.pdf
  • Piotrowski, S. J. (2017). The “Open Government Reform” movement: The case of the open government partnership and US transparency policies. The American Review of Public Administration, 47(2), 155-171. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Rivera, M. A., & Ward, J. D. (2017). Toward an analytical framework for the study of race and police violence. Public Administration Review, 77(2), 242-250. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Plagiarism and academic integrity [Video file].
  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Finding a scholarly voice [Video file].
  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Purpose, audience, and evidence [Video file].

 

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