In the practical world of business or government, a report conveys an information and (sometimes) recommendations from a researcher who has investigated a topic in detail.
PRACTICAL REPORTS VS. ACADEMIC REPORTS
In the practical world of
business or government, a report conveys an information and (sometimes) recommendations
from a researcher who has investigated a topic in detail. A report like this
will usually be requested by people who need the information for a specific
purpose and their request may be written in terms of reference or the brief.
Whatever the report, it is important to look at the instruction for what is
wanted. A report like this differs from an essay in that it is designed to provide
information which will be acted on, rather than to be read by people
interested in the ideas for their own sake. Because of this, it has a
different structure and layout.
A report written for an academic
course can be thought of as a simulation. We can imagine that someone wants the
report for a practical purpose, although we are really writing the report as an
academic exercise for assessment. Theoretical ideas will be more to the front
in an academic report than in a practical one. Sometimes a report seems to
serve academic and practical purposes. Students on placement with organizations
often have to produce a report for the organization and for assessment on the
course. Although the background work for both will be related, in practice, the
report the student produces for academic assessment will be different from the
report produced for the organization, because the needs of each are different.
Tags : Research Methodology - Structure And Components Of Research Reports
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