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ERIC Number: EJ929331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Rewriting Writing in Higher Education: The Contested Spaces of Proofreading
Turner, Joan
Studies in Higher Education, v36 n4 p427-440 2011
This article reports on a research project on proofreading, prompted by its proliferation in contemporary higher education. The article is framed by an academic literacies perspective and develops the concept of "writtenness", which draws attention to both the underlying culturally and socially constructed values relating to the production and reception of written work, and the tendency to under-acknowledge the academic achievement of writing well in the relevant discipline, especially in the case of students who do not already possess the requisite "cultural capital". This includes international students whose first language is not English, as well as "non-traditional" students. The use of the term "proofreading" is seen as masking the complexity of academic writing, on the one hand, and maintaining its status as relatively unimportant, on the other. Particularly in the latter case, this is seen as emblematic of a culturally deeply embedded predisposition to privilege knowledge or content over language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom