We should use ‘I’ more in academic writing – there is benefit to first-person perspective

“The use of the word ‘I’ in academic writing, that is writing in the first person, has a troublesome history. Some say it makes writing too subjective, others that it’s essential for accuracy. This is reflected in how students, particularly in secondary schools, are trained to write. Teachers I work with are often surprised that I advocate, at times, invoking the first person in essays or other assessment in their subject areas …” (more)

[Peter Ellerton, The Conversation, 4 March]

One Response to “We should use ‘I’ more in academic writing – there is benefit to first-person perspective”

  1. D Says:

    Maybe if you want to tell people how you feel then “I” is appropriate. Unfortunately facts are more important than how you feel when it comes to assessing manuscripts.

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