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Business students’ writing careers take off

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Two undergraduate students from the Faculty of Business and Law have had their very first academic paper accepted into the prestigious 2012 Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference.

Dylan Hart and Elizabeth Fu seized the offer from their Business Career Development unit coordinator Gary Marchioro to research, write and submit a paper all in six weeks to the 2012 ANZAM conference.

Mr Marchioro offered his students the opportunity to learn more about academic writing and the processes involved by participating in this project. Dr Maria Ryan also gave expert advice on research methodology which the students found invaluable.

The project was also part of their assessment for his unit.

Dylan and Elizabeth decided to research student perceptions of textbooks, including e-books and what the students’ preference was.

Following a double-blind peer review of their research paper, Mr Marchioro was informed that Dylan and Elizabeth had been successful and their paper Education Evolution: A qualitative study of student perception had been accepted, in the refereed stream, for the Conference.

“I was so happy for the two students, the  outcome was a good one for all involved and actually helped solidify the writing process for me by way of explaining to the students the why and how of completing a paper," said Mr Marchioro.

Elizabeth, who intends continuing her studies to PhD level, said that the support and guidance she was given was so important.

"It has been a very good learning curve for me and I believe it has well prepared me for a good start for my future academic career and it is a big encouragement for me to further pursue an Honours and PhD in the near future,” said Elizabeth.

Dylan was also excited about the chance to work on a different level with his academics.

"I felt more like a peer rather than simply another student," said Dylan. 

The 26th ANZAM Conference will be held from the 5 – 7 December 2012. 

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