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Thinking outside the box: Senior scientists’ metacognitive strategy knowledge and self-regulation of writing for science communication
Chalmers University of Technology SWE).
Chalmers University of Technology (SWE).
University West, Study and Academic Support, Library and Educational Development, Division of Library and Academic Language Advice.
Chalmers University of Technology (SWE).
2023 (English)In: The Journal of Writing Research, ISSN 2030-1006, E-ISSN 2294-3307, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 333-361Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Academics are increasingly engaged in writing genres with purposes and for readers outside of academia—a variety of science-based communication practices that fall under the term science communication. These practices often span different modes, genres, and even languages, requiring high degrees of rhetorical flexibility, strategic knowledge, and regulation of writing. In this study, we probe the self-regulation and specifically the metacognitive strategy knowledge (MSK) of seven senior scientists who regularly and actively engage with writing for science communication. We argue that understanding their MSK can illuminate how strategic knowledge is transferred across written genres, and importantly offer useful insights for the training of future scientists. Using data derived from in-depth, narrative interviews with a recall component, we identify a variety of strategies for task conceptualization/analysis, planning and goal setting, monitoring, and evaluating the writing of different genres. Task analysis appears particularly crucial in science communication writing, due to the great variety of purposes and readers that fall under this umbrella. Interestingly, our participants underscore storytelling strategies, and seem to transfer language and style monitoring strategies to and from science communication and publication. We map the strategies identified and discuss the implications of our study for further research and science communication pedagogy. 

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2023. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 333-361
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Science dissemination, popular science, metacognition, writing regulation, scientific writing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21032DOI: 10.17239/jowr-2023.15.02.04ISI: 001101257500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85176449991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21032DiVA, id: diva2:1822717
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