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Student Writing : Access, Regulation, Desire - Theresa M. Lillis

Student Writing

Access, Regulation, Desire

Hardcover Published: 26th April 2001
ISBN: 9780415228015
Number Of Pages: 208

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Student Writing presents an accessible and thought-provoking study of academic writing practices. Informed by 'composition' research from the US and 'academic literacies studies' from the UK, the book challenges current official discourse on writing as a 'skill'. Lillis argues for an approach which sees student writing as social practice.
The book draws extensively on a three-year study with ten non-traditional students in higher education and their experience of academic writing. Using case study material - including literacy history interviews, extended discussions with students about their writing of discipline specific essays, and extracts from essays - Lillis identifies the following as three significant dimensions to academic writing:

* Access to higher education and to its language and literacy representational resources
* Regulation of meaning making in academic writing
* Desire for participation in higher education and for choices over ways of meaning in academic writing.

Student Writing: access, regulation, desire raises questions about why academics write as they do, who benefits from such writing, which meanings are valued and how, on what terms 'outsiders' get to be 'insiders' and at what costs.

Industry Reviews

'Despite the seemingly ever-increasing concern with widening participation to higher education and extending opportunities to older adults, it is surprising how little impact the work on academic literacies has had. If there is a text that can help redress that balance and encourage a wider debate, then this is it.' - Richard Edwards, Studies in the Education of Adults, Vol. 33 (2) 2001

'Lillis' work makes a valuable contribution to a process of re-evaluation which is long overdue.' - Elaine Millard, Teaching in Higher Education

List of figures and tables
Preface: why write this book?
Introduction: focus and research backgroundp. 1
Language, literacy and access to higher educationp. 16
Student writing as social practicep. 33
Restricted access to a privileged practicep. 53
The regulation of authoringp. 78
Essayist literacy, gender and desirep. 107
Dialogues of participationp. 132
Re-thinking student writing in higher educationp. 160
Overview of student-writersp. 173
Details of UK examinations, qualifications and coursesp. 175
Data collection and transcriptionp. 176
Feedback and talkback sheetsp. 179
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780415228015
ISBN-10: 0415228018
Series: Literacies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th April 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.15  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1