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ERIC Number: EJ1079714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
A Bourdieusian Approach to Academic Reading: Reflections on a South African Teaching Experience
Hill, Lloyd; Meo, Analía Inés
Teaching in Higher Education, v20 n8 p845-856 2015
As in many other parts of the world, "academic literacy" has emerged as both a concern and a contested concept in South African universities. In this article we focus specifically on academic reading, which we argue is a relatively underemphasized aspect of academic literacy. This article is the product of reflections on academic reading during and subsequent to the development and presentation of a postgraduate module presented at Stellenbosch University. It briefly explores the literature on academic literacy; develops the Bourdieusian perspective on academic reading that we used to develop the module; and concludes with a discussion of the module. Our intention was to make "reading as social practice" more visible to students. Bourdieu's concepts of "competence", "habitus" and "field" set the scene for a discussion of the role of reading in different disciples and more generally within the social sciences and humanities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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