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A case study of a research-based collaboration around writing in social work

Rai, Lucy and Lillis, Theresa (2011). A case study of a research-based collaboration around writing in social work. Across the disciplines, 8(3)

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This paper discusses an ongoing research-based collaboration between an academic literacies researcher and a lecturer in the field of Social Work aimed at exploring the nature of everyday writing in social work. The paper outlines the key principles of the methodology adopted—a text-oriented ethnography—and discusses the extent to which this methodology is facilitating a collaborative partnership towards meeting three interrelated goals: the empirical goal of building rich descriptions of writing in everyday social work practice; the ideological-epistemological goal of challenging a deficit discourse on writing (and writers); and the interventionist goal of working with institutions to harness writing in productive ways to learning and professional practice. Central to this methodological approach is an attempt to build a three-way conversation between the fields of 'new' literacy studies, in particular academic literacies; the discipline of social work education; and social work agencies/practitioners. We outline the methodology and foreground some key congruencies across these fields which are helping to facilitate successful collaboration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 WAC Clearinghouse
ISSN: 1554-8244
Extra Information: Special Issue: Collaborating for Content and Language Integrated Learning
Keywords: social work; professional writing; academic writing; ICL
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Health and Social Care
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 29930
Depositing User: Lucy Rai
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 03:00
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