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ERIC Number: EJ1291508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
The Role of Academic Referencing within Students' Identity Development
Gravett, Karen; Kinchin, Ian M.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v45 n3 p377-388 2021
This article examines teachers' perspectives on a neglected area of practice: academic referencing. Commonly considered a simple skill to learn, we suggest that instead a study of referencing practices enables us to glean valuable insight into the challenges experienced by students when developing a learner identity. Drawing on interviews with academic staff, this article depicts teachers' experiences as they support students with referencing and academic literacy practices. However, the intentions of teachers to develop students are shown to be at variance with student outcomes, as students appear increasingly disengaged from an area of academic practice that they find mysterious and opaque, and as staff report an increase in the number of cases of plagiarism and academic misconduct. We conclude with a consideration of the need to widen understanding of the complex challenges experienced by students when grappling with citation practices. Moreover, we contend that the development of academic literacy practices can play a key role within students' development of a learner identity, and can impact upon students' sense of belonging and becoming into and through higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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