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ERIC Number: EJ946149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
"It's a Lonely Walk": Supporting Postgraduate Researchers through Writing
Fergie, Gillian; Beeke, Suzanne; McKenna, Colleen; Creme, Phyllis
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v23 n2 p236-245 2011
Traditional views of the writing process as a solitary and painstaking task can inhibit postgraduate students from pursuing useful conversations about their writing. Recent research has suggested that spaces for opening discussion on writing are needed and are important in supporting postgraduate writers to develop their academic identity (Cuthbert & Spark, 2008; Cuthbert, Spark & Burke 2009; Kamler & Thomson, 2007; Lee & Boud, 2003). This paper explores the experiences of five students at University College London (UCL), who were the first cohort to take a writing module which aimed to introduce theoretical and practical approaches to writing and to encourage reflection and evaluation of writing practices. The three key themes to emerge from the research were related to the development of the students' confidence as writers and more generally as researchers. These were: (1) Space--the value of having a defined space for writing, providing a new focus for learning in a less formal environment; (2) Academic Identity--the development of the students' academic identity through writing and gaining confidence as writers; and (3) Peer Learning--the importance of discussion with peers in developing writing and academic identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom