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ERIC Number: EJ796863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Tensions between Textbook Pedagogy and the Literacy Practices of the Disciplinary Community: A Study of Writing in First Year Economics
Paxton, Moragh
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v6 n2 p109-125 Apr 2007
This paper describes aspects of a research project which used linguistic and intertextual analysis of student writing to investigate the relationship between the academic curriculum and student voice in a first year economics course at a South African university. I argue that the discourses and practices of first year university economics textbooks provide a model of literacy practices which contradict many of the literacy practices of the discipline of economics. The first year economics textbook in particular, rather than exposing students to a variety of arguments and encouraging the development of critical reading skills appropriate for academic contexts, tends to be single voiced. This gives the impression of consensus in the discipline and it may encourage rote learning and plagiarism. This argument is supported with data from a research project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa