Quality of Academic Writing for Engineering Students at Lund University

Isabella Reinhold, Kenneth John Batstone, Isabel Gallardo Gonzalez, Andrea Troian, Rixin Yu

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The development of good writing skills is fundamental not only to publish scientific results, but also to have a deeper understanding of complex subjects. However reports from the Swedish Higher Education Authority from 2012-2015 suggest that engineering students at Lund University have unsatisfactory academic writing skills. Our paper investigates how students of the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University perceive academic writing and the effects of a writing intervention.
To obtain information on students’ education in, attitude, perception of its difficulty and their own skill towards academic writing, we constructed a survey which was sent out to engineering students at Lund University. This yielded 62 responses showing that students want more opportunities to develop their writing, but that they grade their writing skill high and the difficulty low.
The effects of a simple writing intervention, briefly discussing the importance of good writing practices during a laboratory session, was investigated for one student group. This was done using a random selection of laboratory reports for one control group and one intervention group. The overall quality of the students’ writing was not significantly improved with the intervention. However the quality of the conclusions, the report section with the lowest quality rating, was higher for the intervention group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming patterns through the scholarship of teaching and learning
Subtitle of host publicationthe 2nd European conference for the scholarship of teaching and learning | Lund, Sweden, June 8-9 2017
PublisherLund University
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 2nd EuroSoTL conference - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Jun 82017 Jun 9


ConferenceThe 2nd EuroSoTL conference

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Educational Sciences


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