Generic Structure of Research Article Abstracts in Technical Education: A Move-Based Study

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Pattanon Phonhan


This analytical study aimed to identify the move organization and linguistic features of research article abstracts in the technical education discipline. Sixty abstracts, 30 from Journal of Industrial of Education, King Mongkut‘s Institute of Technology Lardkrabang and 30 from Journal of Technical of Education, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, published between 2014-2019 were randomly selected for analysis. Hyland’s move pattern (2000) was applied as an analytic framework of the study. The results indicated that the abstracts from the technical education field were mainly concentrated on the purpose, method, and product, which differs from the norm of abstracts proposed by Hyland’s move pattern: introduction, purpose, method, product, and conclusion. Additionally, the results revealed that all of the main five moves occurred in sixty collected abstracts. Among the five moves, Purpose move was found as the most obligatory move, accounting for 100%. The following frequently found moves were Method move and Product move (98%). Conclusion move was found at 40% of the corpus. The last move which had the least frequency was Introduction move (15%). Regarding linguistic features, present tense and active voice were used in every move. The findings of the study provide insights and pedagogical implications for improving abstract writing in technical education. Recommendations are also offered for further studies.


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Phonhan, P. . (2021). Generic Structure of Research Article Abstracts in Technical Education: A Move-Based Study . Journal of Liberal Arts Prince of Songkla University, 13(1), 282–306. Retrieved from
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Pattanon Phonhan, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Khon Kaen Campus

My name is Mr. Pattanon Phonhan. I was graduated with the Master degree of English Language Teaching (M.Ed) of Mahasarakham University. Now I am lecturer of English for Internal Communication at the Faculty of Technical Education at Rajamagala University of Technology Isan, Khon Kaen Campus , Khon Kaen, Thailand.


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