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ERIC Number: EJ810153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Texts, Practices and Student Learning: A View from the South
Boughey, Chrissie
International Journal of Educational Research, v47 n3 p192-199 2008
This article uses "close-up" ethnographic research to provide an account of students' engagement with learning in a South African university. Broadly based on Halliday's [Halliday, M. A. K. (1973). "Explorations in the functions of language". London: Edward Arnold; Halliday, M. A. K. (1978). "Language as social semiotic". London: Edward Arnold; Halliday, M. A. K. (1994). "Introduction to functional grammar". London: Edward Arnold] understanding of texts resulting from contexts, the account challenges dominant constructions of the problems students encounter as stemming from the use of inappropriate "approaches" to learning, the lack of "study" and other skills or problems with proficiency in areas such as writing or language and shows how students' unfamiliarity with the context of the university leads them to draw on "other" contexts in order to engage with the texts they must read, write and listen to in the course of their studies. This drawing on "other" contexts then results in the texts produced by students, and the practices which give rise to those texts, being inappropriate to the context of the university. Although the research on which the article is based took place in South Africa, it is argued that the theoretical perspective it provides has relevance across other contexts given the increasingly diverse student bodies which characterize higher education across the globe.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa