ERIC Number: ED459467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Mastering Education: A Preliminary Analysis of Academic Literacy Practices within Masters-Level Courses in Education.
Occasional Papers in Communication, n59 Aug 1997
This paper reports on the preliminary stage of a research project examining the kinds of writing that teachers are required to produce as part of their study when undertaking masters-level courses in education. The paper states that of particular interest is the way in which the particular writing these writing teachers do for these courses articulates with their professional experience, expertise, and aspirations. It explains that the research project so far has used the MA in Education program at the Open University as the main case study, analyzing course materials, interviewing MA students and tutors, and analyzing students' written assignments and the feedback they receive from their tutors. The paper states that for comparative purposes, a smaller study was conducted of the MA in Education at the University of Sussex, and a similar study of the MA in Education at Vanderbilt University (USA) will be carried out later. It explains that the project emerged from two quite different starting points--one based on the academic/research significance of academic writing carried out within specific settings and the other based on a personal/professional interest in the issues involved when schoolteachers write for academic purposes. The paper concludes that the project has already benefited from recent advances in theoretical understanding of academic literacy practices and possibly contributed to the further elaboration of a more pluralistic and culturally sensitive perspective on the study of writing in higher education. (Contains 4 tables and 16 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Case Studies, Comparative Education, Discourse Communities, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Writing Assignments, Writing Evaluation, Writing Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Open Univ., London (England). Centre for Higher Education Research and Information.