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ERIC Number: EJ917782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Academic Scribbling: A Frivolous Approach?
Badley, Graham
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n2 p255-266 Apr 2011
We are all scribblers now but scribbling is not regarded positively. Nevertheless, scribbling is described as one of four connected processes in a useful model of academic writing. These metaphors are frivolously summarised as scrabbling, scribbling, scribing and scrubbing. Frivolity is first presented as an antonym of academic seriousness. But it is also used positively in three other ways: (1) helping free academics from some of the more daunting and constricting aspects of academic writing; (2) challenging some of the dualisms that structure and confine our thinking and understanding; and (3) following Derrida, as a strategy to resist premature closure and to resist academic writing as a claim to certainty and transparency. The main body of the article then focuses on an analysis of the four metaphorical processes of scrabbling, scribbling, scribing and scrubbing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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