Edith Cowan University
School of Arts and Humanities
Writing up research can be formulaic and conventional, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We rely on certain formulae and conventions to clarify meanings, to create a common set of practices about how best to communicate knowledge. For example, it is considered good manners for many pieces of writing to have a beginning, a middle and an end. Generally we use paragraphs to separate ideas. These, too, have a beginning, middle and end structure.