n South African Journal of Higher Education - Incremental writing : a model for thesis writers and supervisors

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Academic writing is a complex process in which a range of elements are at work. This article is an attempt to tease out the elements of this complexity: it suggests that rhetorical, social, behavioural and psychological elements are involved in academic writing. In addition, this article proposes that these elements can be combined in a model called incremental writing. Implementations of this model in writing programmes, run in different educational cultures, and evaluations of this approach in three research projects, suggest that it can have benefit for developing writers. It has been shown to help writers engage with the complexity of writing and develop productive writing practices. The incremental model has relevance for thesis writers, for those who supervise them and for professionals facing the imperative to write for publication.

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