Over the last couple of days, we've happened to be talking about creativity. The example below is a cross between art and report writing and illustrates how we rank the researchers who work for su-re.co. This classification is described in our manual. The same applies to running a project or a company. Please read the article below to find out why we don't expect our interns to create business strategies, business models, and writing research articles.
This page shows improvement stages and indicates which writing assignment each research team member is allowed to involve.
The 5 stages of learning to draw people
As shown in YouTube and writing as a form of art, there are five different stages to improve your writing, just like drawing human figures. When you start drawing figures as beginners, you draw heads, eyes, hands based on preconception instead of reality. So, you are drawing symbols of these parts of the body instead of observing what you are seeing. In the second stage, you understand the contours of the human body, analysing the body parts, and drawing details of each part. Moving to this second stage is a massive improvement in the drawing; however, this stage still misses the critical role of drawing, such as gestures and the meanings they express. In the third stage, you simplify your drawing with gesture or flow, focusing on essential concepts. In the fourth stage, you will express what you do you like to emphasise in your drawing. Creativity comes after these stages.
The 5 stages of writing scientific reports
The improvement of writing is almost the same; when the beginner starts writing, they are writing based on what do they think they "should write". This prejudgement will make their report textbook-like or a third-grade poet. Because they are not writing things do they are actually observing in their research. Most of the intern students are entering su-re.co at this stage. These members should not be involved in the serious report writing tasks coming from external projects.
In the second stage, we can write about what we have seen in our research. However, not enough attention has been paid to the flow of the report. In other words, what is essential about our findings and discussion is missing. As a result, the report lacks a "single story", the logic of the argument to achieve the research objectives. Internship students can work on parts of a scientific report with clear guidance on the coherent flow of argument in the report. All interns work on descriptive and analytical writing to explain the "why" in each sentence or paragraph. Interns are not allowed to do more than write a specific section unless they demonstrate flowing writing skills.
The third stage focuses on the flow of the report and the big idea delivering from our research while still taking care of details in each sentence. This level is a requirement to be a researcher hired by su-re.co. This stage is probably enough to work as a professional researcher in many research organisations. At this stage, the researcher could have a responsibility to manage the entire report.
In the fourth stage, a researcher can experiment and show creativity in their writing and beyond. How you express your research and creativity in writing distinguishes you from average researcher to good researcher or even novelist (^^).