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Lea, M. and Stierer, B. (2008) Lecturers' everday writing as professional practice: New insights into academic identities

Resource author

Mary Lea (OU) and Barry Stierer (U. of Westminster)

Resource type

Papers

Description

This paper was an invited submission to a Special Edition of Studies in Higher Education on 'Higher Education close up'.
It reports on an investigation into the workplace writing of university lecturers as a significant element of their professional practice. In this respect the authors' interest has been in routine, everyday writing, as opposed to more prestigious or scholarly writing. In order to gain an understanding of writing as professional practice, they interviewed about thirty lecturers in three different UK universities, focusing on a small numberĀ of their everyday workplace documents, chosen by the participants themselves. This reflected the authors' position that written documents in the university workplace do more than just carry along meaning, they argue that they actually instantiate practice. The paper discusses some of the substantive, methodological and theoretical ideas emerging from the research. The authors argue that their 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. The authors believe that this in turn has important implications for the way academic development is conceptualised. Visit the project page for further information.

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Lea, M. and Stierer, B. (2009) Lecturers' everyday writing as professional practice in the university as workplace: new insights into academic identities.

Date added

25th Jun 2009