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ERIC Number: EJ1004288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Writing in the University: Education, Knowledge and Reputation
Hyland, Ken
Language Teaching, v46 n1 p53-70 Jan 2013
This paper challenges the widespread view that writing is somehow peripheral to the more serious aspects of university life--doing research and teaching students. It argues that universities are about writing and that specialist forms of academic literacy are at the heart of everything we do: central to constructing knowledge, educating students and negotiating a professional academic career. Seeing literacy as embedded in the beliefs and practices of individual disciplines, instead of a generic skill that students have failed to develop at school, helps explain the difficulties both students and academics have in controlling the conventions of disciplinary discourses. Ultimately, and in an important sense, we are what we write, and we need to understand the distinctive ways our disciplines have of addressing colleagues and presenting arguments, as it is through language that academics and students conceptualise their subjects and argue their claims persuasively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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