Becoming Writers: Transforming Students' Academic Writing

Abegglen, Sandra, Burns, Tom and Sinfield, Sandra (2017) Becoming Writers: Transforming Students' Academic Writing. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 11. pp. 42-46. ISSN 1740-5106

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The present paper builds on Elbow’s (1998) idea of ‘free writing’ and other creative approaches to writing as we explore methods to foster students’ academic writing skills. Rather than focussing on a deficit student in need of ‘fixing’, we introduce and reflect on the usefulness of free- and creative writing exercises as we explore how we can enable students to find ‘a voice’ as we support them on the way to becoming successful academic writers. In this context, we argue for academic/study skills support that takes students ‘serious’, and builds on their existing strengths, knowledge – and writing skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: free writing, creative writing, undergraduates, academic identity
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Sandra Abegglen
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 10:45
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 16:04


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