FP 6010 A01 AU Challenges During Transition from Coursework to Doctoral Writing Essay


Transitioning from Coursework to Doctoral Writing

Writing as part of the coursework you have completed to date has been a demanding exercise and you have hopefully been practicing your use of objective language and professional tone while adhering to APA format. You have may have received very positive feedback about your writing so far or you may have received feedback that suggested there is room for improvement in your academic writing. Now that you are working on parts of the dissertation, your academic writing will be very much a focal point. Strong scholarly writing is essential at this phase for you to articulate the empirical argument you need to make to complete doctoral research. Your chair therefore, will be looking more closely at your academic writing than prior instructors likely have.

To Prepare:
  • Review the “Transitioning from Coursework to Doctoral Writing” webinar.
  • Consider challenges to capstone writing that may arise for you.

By Day 4 of Week 1

  • Having viewed the webinar, describe the challenges in transitioning to dissertation writing that concern you most. Think of a time when you received negative feedback on your writing, or suggestions for revisions you objected to.
  • How did you respond to constructive feedback and how might you respond if you receive such feedback now?
  • What will you do to address the challenges you anticipate in transition to dissertation writing?

Note: If there are other students in your section, collegial responses are welcomed but not required.

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Required Readings

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.

  • Chapter 1, “Scholarly Writing and Publishing Principles” (pp. 3–26)


Walden University. (2020). PhD in Psychology: Welcome. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/doctoralcapston…

Walden University Writing Center. (2020). Transitioning from coursework to doctoral capstone writing [Webinar]. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/w…

Walden University Writing Center. (2020). Walden templates: Program-specific templates. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/t…


Walden Center for Research Quality. (2020). Doctoral Prospectus Form. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/research-center…
Note: As you access this site, Psychology students are required to use the PhD Prospectus Form toward the bottom of the page.

Walden University Center for Research Quality. (2020). Developing Research.

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