Academic literacies in the digital university: integrating individual accounts with network practice

Lea, Mary (2013). Academic literacies in the digital university: integrating individual accounts with network practice. In: Goodfellow, Robin and Lea, Mary eds. Literacy in the Digital University: Learning as Social Practice in a Digital World. Research into Higher Education. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 137–148.

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Abstract

This chapter raises questions about our understanding of academic literacy practices in the digital university. It reports upon a research project which has highlighted a potential disconnect between undergraduate online reading practices and requirements for assessed work. The chapter goes on to examine the contribution of work broadly conceptualised as actor network theory (ANT) as a complementary perspective to academic literacies approaches. It concludes that we can potentially enhance our understanding of knowledge making practices in the university if we both interrogate our own theoretical and methodological assumptions and combine these with a network approach. Starting from a long standing and generally accepted stance and approach in the empirical study of literacies, the chapter begins to open up questions around research and practice occasioned by the digital. This not only suggest some fundamental changes in our understanding of the ways that knowledge is enacted but should also help us towards interrogating our own practices productively.

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