ERIC Number: EJ1023172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Student or Scholar? Transforming Identities through a Research Writing Group
Lassig, Carly J.; Dillon, Lisette H.; Diezmann, Carmel M.
Studies in Continuing Education, v35 n3 p299-314 2013
This article explores the role a writing group played in influencing the scholarly identities of a group of doctoral students by fostering their writing expertise. While the interest in writing groups usually centres on their potential to support doctoral students to publish, few studies have been conducted and written by the students themselves. Using a situated learning perspective on identity, we explore the connection that emerged between our perceptions of ourselves as developing expertise as scholarly writers and the function of the writing group as a dynamic space for transforming our identities. Findings show that our writing group served as a flexible and interactive Community of Practice (CoP) that shaped critical and durable shifts in identity amongst members.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Self Concept, Role, Writing (Composition), Groups, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Transformative Learning, Scholarship, Writing for Publication, Self Efficacy, Expertise, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia