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Lecturers' everyday writing as professional practice in the university as workplace: new insights into academic identities

Lea, Mary R. and Stierer, Barry (2009). Lecturers' everyday writing as professional practice in the university as workplace: new insights into academic identities. Studies in Higher Education, 34(4) pp. 417–428.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075070902771952
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Abstract


This paper reports on an investigation into the workplace writing of university lecturers as a significant element of their professional practice. The research has focused on lecturers' routine, everyday writing, as opposed to their more prestigious or scholarly writing. In order to gain an understanding of writing as professional practice, about 30 lecturers in three different UK universities have been interviewed, focusing on a small number of their everyday workplace documents, chosen by the participants themselves. This reflected a particular perspective on written documents in the university workplace - namely, that they actually instantiate practice rather than merely carry along meaning. The paper discusses some of the substantive, methodological and theoretical ideas emerging from the research. It is argued that the focus on lecturers' experience of producing and working with workplace documents in specific institutional contexts suggests new ways of framing the relationship between academic practice and academic identities, as textual, communicative and situated. This in turn has important implications for the way academic development is conceptualised.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Routledge
ISSN: 0307-5079
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17037
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 15:52
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 16:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17037
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