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ERIC Number: EJ1116091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-8
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
A Case Study of Research-Based Collaboration around Writing in Social Work
Lillis, Theresa; Rai, Lucy
Across the Disciplines, v8 n3 Oct 2011
This paper discusses an ongoing research-based collaboration between an academic literacies researcher and a lecturer in the field of Social Work aimed at exploring the nature of everyday writing in social work. The paper outlines the key principles of the methodology adopted--a text-oriented ethnography--and discusses the extent to which this methodology is facilitating a collaborative partnership towards meeting three interrelated goals: the empirical goal of building rich descriptions of writing in everyday social work practice; the ideological-epistemological goal of challenging a deficit discourse on writing (and writers); and the interventionist goal of working with institutions to harness writing in productive ways to learning and professional practice. Central to this methodological approach is an attempt to build a three-way conversation between the fields of "new" literacy studies, in particular academic literacies; the discipline of social work education; and social work agencies/practitioners. We outline the methodology and foreground some key congruencies across these fields which are helping to facilitate successful collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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