GENERIC STRUCTURE OF THE METHOD SECTIONS OF RESEARCH ARTICLES AND MA THESES BY TURKISH ACADEMIC WRITERS

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Number of pages: 132-145
Year-Number: 2016-12

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The different sections and the lexico-grammatical features of the research article have been subject to numerous studies. Among these different sections, it is the methods sections of the research article that has received little attention despite its importance in displaying the validity and reliability of the research article. Among the few studies on the method section, we see no study on research article methods section by Turkish academic writers. Motivated by this need, the current study aims to investigate the method sections of a corpus of 20 research articles by expert Turkish academic writers and 20 MA method sections by novice Turkish academic writers, using Lim’s model (2006). Analysis of the data has revealed that both corpora include the moves of Lim’s model, displaying subtle differences when it comes to the steps and sub-steps. It seems that the disciplinary culture shapes and constraints the microstructure of the methods sections. The results are discussed and theoretical and pedagogical implications were presented in light of the findings.

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