I've had to re-evaluate how I deliver my papers to my tutor due to the feedback I've received recently.

Particularly that my writing is not structured and analytical enough. Taking these points on board (and the penalty in my last submissions) I've put some ideas that are leaning toward a model for academic thinking.

Here are some general ideas:

  • We want to be in the process of the discovery of essence.
    • To find the real problem, which is hidden behind concrete solutions and already chosen and discriminated implementations.
  • Need to establish/generate abstractions, which are ideas that represent the essence that underlies something.
    • This is devoid of implementation details, technology or anything that can become outdated.
  • Use a work context diagram to understand the WORK now.
  • Consider the whole end-to-end process that something makes up
    • Its likely that it lives within a category (which is an abstraction)
    • Consider the effect something has on other parts or components in the process.
    • Consider the wider scope of any particular thing, put it into context within the process it lives around. Step back and consider why the component/detail exists as this might release the shackles that constrain the properties of the current components.
  • Identify solutions or decisions already made.
    • Solutions contain implementation details
    • These identify the acceptance of assumptions or choices of ideas and disregard others.
      • You can reverse engineer a solution into its essence by removing its detail, stepping back and looking at it systemically.
  • Generalizations and ideas that are not constraint to a particular constraint last/live forever.
  • The idea is to start off with a blank canvas and then add abstractions the cover the spectrum/ecosystem of subject to establish an objective, clean and transparent representation of the subject under discussion or analysis.

Good ideas 

  1. Produce a model as structure + strategy to guide your thinking and reasoning
  2. Objective measurement criteria represent an easy way to determine the "value
  3. Value of something can be broken down into 3 parts
    1. The reward for achieving
    2. The penalty for not achieving
    3. Cost of implementing
  4. Convenience, pleasure and prestige drive people in wanting things.
  5. If you’re looking to innovate, identify and remove constraints

My preliminary strategy for establishing a structured piece of academic writing currently is:

  1. The idea is to start off with a blank canvas and then add abstractions the cover the spectrum/ecosystem of subject to establish an objective, clean and transparent representation of the subject under discussion or analysis.
  2. Set the objective or purpose or claim of the writing
  3. Set the intended strategy/means how I'd like to model the claim or delivery thereof
    1. Develop a model
  4. Set the context, background briefly but accurately
  5. Decompose the strategy into higher-level themes that serve as container ideas or headings
    1. When deconstructing, consider the whole spectrum in which ideas fall
    2. Order by the determined value (Importance)
      1. Determine how to determine what is more valuable than something else - this might be a calculation or a constraint imposed upon you by the request for this writing
      2. This can be used to help balance points potentially - to ensure objective measurement
  6.  Layout the delivery of ideas within the themes determined previously
  7. Reason systematically about ideas, connecting ideas with evidence
    1. Merrit and usefulness of idea/abstraction (why is it worth considering?)
    2. Use Evidence to back ideas, logic etc
    3. Draw conclusions based on previously established content(which is already backed by evidence)
      1. Use only content already backed by evidence and logic to derive other content/reasons/ideas

 A preliminary strategy for analysing already written matter:

  1. Remember that content is within an ecosystem or spectrum of abstractions - determine it completely.
  2. Establish what are the main ideas of the content and into which component/abstraction/idea in the full spectrum does it fit
  3. Look for solutions as they have made choices to formulate the solution that disregards other choices.
  4. Piece together a context diagram that identifies the context/work from its adjacent components, identifying events.
    1. Consider the influence components have within the context diagram

 In Summary:

Start With a blank canvas and aim to fill it up with the objective representation of the subject under discussion.

Establish the full spectrum/ecosystem that represents the subject.

Establish the components of the spectrum - Work Context Diagram

Establish a model to represent your delivery.

Establish what value is to the article and order by it.

Make it easier for your reader to follow.

Reason upon interplay and merit of evidence-backed generalisations.





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