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ERIC Number: EJ1184640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Academics' Understandings of the Authorial Academic Writer: A Qualitative Analysis of Authorial Identity
Cheung, Kevin Yet Fong; Elander, James; Stupple, Edward James Nairn; Flay, Michael
Studies in Higher Education, v43 n8 p1468-1483 2018
Research on authorial identity has focused almost exclusively on the attitudes and beliefs of students. This paper explores how academics understand authorial identity in higher education. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with professional academics and analysed using thematic analysis, identifying themes at two levels. At the semantic level was a main theme called 'the authorial writer,' with five subthemes: 'authorial confidence,' 'valuing writing,' 'ownership and attachment,' 'authorial thinking,' and 'authorial goals.' At the latent level were two integrative themes: 'tacit learning' and 'negotiating identities.' The semantic subthemes represent attributes that could be targets for pedagogic interventions. The integrative themes suggest processes in the development of authorial identity, which can inform more effective teaching. By identifying attributes and processes associated with authorial identity, these findings help towards a psychological understanding of authorial identity, informing development of more effective pedagogy to help students improve their academic writing and avoid plagiarism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom