ASRPA holds Writeshop 2018
Monday, 4 June 2018
Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
Academic, Social and Research Pharmacists Association (ASRPA) holds a 2-day Academic Writing Workshop in Kumasi
WriteShop: A 2-day Academic Writing workshop, held at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, May 23-24, 2018
As part of its numerous professional development initiatives, the Academic, Social and Research Pharmacists Association (ASRPA) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana has organized a two-day academic writing workshop at KNUST, Kumasi on May 23-24, 2018. The “WriteShop” workshop was the first of a series of capacity building initiatives the association is undertaking in collaboration with the Ghana Young Academy (GhYA).
The purpose of the workshop was to bring together young researchers in a relaxed atmosphere and through guided discussions learn the key skills necessary for putting out a winning academic paper. Fifteen participants, all of whom had science backgrounds, were selected from a pool of applications submitted by interested members of the public; the fifteen were selected to benefit from this introductory level workshop.
The workshop kick-started on an exciting note, with interactive games to ease the participants up and foster familiarity. Pharm. Dr. Priscilla Mante briefly walked the group through an overview on ‘Getting ready to write’ and context of why we write as academics. The deliberate use of open-ended questions encouraged participants to contribute to the discussion. The goal of the discussion was to help participants identify the general sections of an academic paper and the general formats adopted for scientific writing as well as identifying target journals for a paper.
Subsequently, an overview of how to compose an introduction and identifying a desirable research question followed. Pharm. Dr. Edmund Ekuadzi led this section without breaking the chain of interaction. To make it less abstract and more practical, participants were paired up and allowed to peer-review the introduction sections of papers that had been submitted by fellow participants. Together with the facilitators, participants complimented and made suggestions on the introductions they had read. It was also an opportunity for participants to learn how to respond to reviewer comments received after submitting papers for publication.
Similar formats were employed in the discussion for explaining the various sections of an academic paper such as title, abstract, methods, results and discussion. At the end of the session, participants were required to re-write their papers, taking into consideration the corrections that had been suggested to them. It struck the participants as challenging, yet they were ready to transform their research papers into award winning articles.
On the final day of the workshop, discussions were centered around communicating outside academia. This writing skill has become a necessity for researchers in the light of the rapidly changing digital society. Researchers may at one point or another be required to communicate their research to a lay society and having that skill will be a plus.
Participants at the 2-day Academic Writing workshop
The participants signed off with an enthusiastic conversation concerning topics/areas that should be considered in future workshops and made submissions on their general impressions about the workshop.
The Academic, Social and Research Pharmacists’ Association (ASRPA) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana is confident that sustaining this initiative will imbue Pharmacists with the requisite skills to better communicate findings in their various practice areas to the global community.
Facilitators at the 2-day Academic Writing workshop || from right to left: Pharm. Dr. Edmund Ekuadzi, Pharm. Dr. Priscilla Mante and Dr. Borquaye