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Student writing in higher education: contemporary confusion, traditional concerns.

Turner, Joan and Lillis, Theresa. 2001. Student writing in higher education: contemporary confusion, traditional concerns. Teaching in Higher Education, 6(1), pp. 57-68. ISSN 1356-2517 [Article]

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In this paper, we focus on the 'problem' of student writing in higher education. We set out to explore this problem from two perspectives: first, from the perspective of 'non-traditional' student-writers as they attempt to engage in academic writing and, second, from the perspective of a cultural-historical tradition of scientific rationality. A common frame of reference for these perspectives we see as a 'discourse of transparency', whereby language is treated as ideally transparent and autonomous. We illustrate how this discourse of transparency is currently enacted and historically situated. We argue that current academic practices need to be located within a broader historical and epistemological framework both in order to reach a deeper understanding about what's involved in student writing and in order to inform meaningful pedagogies.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13562510020029608

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (1996-2017)

Dates:

DateEvent
2001Published

Item ID:

12867

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2015 10:54

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 10:59

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12867

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