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Lea, M. and Stierer, B. (2008) Lecturers' writing as professional practice in the university as workplace

Resource author

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

Resource type

Papers

Description

This paper was delivered to Higher Education Close Up 4, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2008.
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. The authors interviewed about thirty lecturers in three different UK universities, focusing on a small number of their everyday workplace documents. To gain an understanding of writing as professional practice, they needed to examine the texts 'close up' with their authors - not just because the texts carry meaning along, but because 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 academic practice (as textual, communicative and situated). This in turn has important implications for the way we conceptualise academic development. For further information visit the project page.

Documents

Lea M. and Stierer B. (2008) Lecturers' writing as professiona practice in the university as workplace

Date added

25th Jun 2009