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A body of research has recently emerged in the UK which adopts an ‘academic literacies’ stance towards student writing. An ‘academic literacies’ stance conceptualises student writing as a socially situated discourse practice which is ideologically inscribed (Lea and Street 1998; Jones et al. 1999). Whilst powerful as an oppositional frame, that is as a critique of current conceptualisations and practices surrounding student writing, academic literacies has yet to be developed as a design frame (Kress 1998, 2000) which can actively contribute to student writing pedagogy as both theory and practice.
My aim in this paper is to work towards opening up a design space built on academic literacies critique. To do so, I draw on Bakhtin’s work on dialogism (Bakhtin 1981,1984) and my research with a group of ‘non-traditional’ student-writers and their specific experiences of academic writing within a number of academic disciplines ( Lillis 2001). I map out the different levels of dialogism in Bakhtin’s work and illustrate the way these are, and are not, enacted currently in student writing pedagogy. I conclude by calling for dialogue, rather than monologue or dialectic, to be at the centre of an academic literacies stance and briefly outline some design implications of a dialogic approach to student writing pedagogy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Bakhtin; dialogic;academic literacies; student writing|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)|
|Depositing User:||Theresa Lillis|
|Date Deposited:||25 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2010 19:56|
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