Enhancing Doctoral Research Education through the Institution of Graduate Writing Courses in Ghanaian Universities

  • Joseph Afful University of Cape Coast
Keywords: academy, doctoral research education, Ghana, graduate writing course, support


A key support service in doctoral research that has increasingly gained attention is academic writing courses. This position paper argues for the institutionalization of graduate writing courses in universities in Ghana in order to acquaint doctoral students with the theoretical, procedural, and practical aspects of the writing of high stakes academic genres. An overview (including evaluation) of existing courses on researchrelated writing in some universities is proffered. The study consequently presents arguments to support a proposal for institutional graduate writing courses in Ghanaian universities, followed by a discussion of other pertinent issues such as the curriculum, staffing, and funding. It is hoped that the institutionalization of such a writing support service will ultimately improve the quality of doctoral research education in Ghana.

Author Biography

Joseph Afful, University of Cape Coast
Department of English, Associate Professor

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eISSN: 2458-746X
print ISSN: 0855-1502