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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Contents

SECTION
1
What do Students Really Say in Their Essays? Towards
17
Finding
37
The plight of the visiting
61
Two case
81
SECTION
125
Academic Literacy and the Discourse of Transparency
149
Agency and Subjectivity in Student Writing
171
Academic Literacies
193
Index
229
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