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ERIC Number: EJ986722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
The Rocky Terrain between Delocalized and Localized, Duplication and Originality: Learning to Write and Learning to Teach Academic English
Tessema, Kedir Assefa
Educational Action Research, v20 n4 p515-533 2012
In this paper I report the action research I carried out on improving the teaching and learning of academic writing at a university. The action research sprang out of my experiences of learning and teaching academic writing. It sought locality and originality in what students read and write during academic writing courses. The macro and micro discourse and practice of textual literacy, especially academic writing literacy, in Third World academia, which the action research tried to disentangle, has major stifling effects on what and how students learn to write. It was this learning condition that the action research sought to challenge by adopting Habermas' "communicative action" for a triangular engagement of course participants that maximized the possibilities of localized and original meaning-making efforts. This action research has shown how students seize (and resist to a certain extent) opportunities in a refashioned course to generate knowledge and make meanings that are meaningful and original to them. (Contains 8 notes, 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia