How important is emotional literacy to academic success?
April 18, 2014 11:17 AM Subscribe
Most of the academic textbooks I've read have had a drawn-out presentation style based on psychological observations as part of an effort to project a particular voice.
posted by Musashi Daryl to Education (3 answers total)
I find it difficult to successfully use psychological observations in my literary style. IMHO, my style is distinctive but not really intentionally so. I also have a lot of quirks in my style that I don't think really contribute to clarity.
Anyway, sophisticated writing is not really my fotre. Chinese Studies is my preferred field of study. When I read someone like Johnathon Spence, his paragraphs seemed to be peppered with psychological observations or clever innuendos designed to ennervate undergrads who have to read his work.
I think Spence is an awesome writer with a knack for finding interesting topics to write about. However, this drawn-out presentation style seems to be the norm for university textbooks. My guess is that it's all considered part of the "tempering of the steel" that happens during a degree course.
My main question, really, is, if I NEVER learnt to write like Spence or any other psychologically-observant academic, would this limit my chance of doing well on advanced degrees? How much of academic success is based on having an impressive literary style?
Thanks for any advice with this.