Students Writing in the University: Cultural and Epistemological Issues

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Carys Jones, Joan Turner, Brian V. Street
John Benjamins Publishing, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 231 pages
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This volume aims to raise awareness of the underlying complexities concerning student writing in the universities. The authors address a series of theoretical as well as practical questions regarding the literacies required of students in Higher Education, from the perspective of both students themselves and of their tutors. The research described here intends to move beyond the narrow confines of current policy debates and the quick fix solutions of writing manuals, to explore the epistemological, cultural, historical and theoretical bases of such writing. Issues addressed include the nature of competing epistemologies that underlie the writing process and the varying degrees of explicitness about what academic writing entails; ways of challenging the institutional marginalisation of academic writing as teaching, learning, and research practice; what counts as knowledge and how far it is mediated by the rhetorical conventions of one culture; to what extent the challenging of such rhetorical conventions is itself a crucial epistemological issue. Writing, in this volume, then, is addressed in terms of academic literacy practices involving relations of power, issues of identity and theories of knowledge.

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About the author (1999)

Carys Jones is at the School of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester.

Joan Turner is a social worker and massage therapist. She is editor of "Living the Changes", co-editor of "Perspectives on Women", and contributing author to "Healing Voices". Her writing has appeared in "Pottersfield Portfolio, Motherworker, Backtalk", and "Feminist Bookstore News". She was Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, for almost 20 years, and chaplain of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg. She lives in Winnipeg. Carole Rose is a writer, teacher, and counsellor. She is published in "CV2, Dandelion, Other Voices, Parchment, Prairie Fire, Quarry, The Wascana Review, Vintage '96, Whetstone", and "Zygote". Her work has also appeared in anthologies: "Consciousness Raising: Women's Stories of Connection and Transformation, Voices and Echoes: Canadian Women's Spirituality", and "Miriam's Well". Carol's awards include the Henry Fuerstenberg Award for Poetry, co-winner in the Sandburg-Livesay poetry competition, and second prize in the Stephen Leacock International Poetry Competition. She was also twice nominated for the John Hirsch award for most promising Manitoba writer. Her collection of poetry is called "Behind the Blue Gate". Carol lives in Winnipeg.

Street is Professor in the School of Education at King's College, London.

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