Pedagogies of academic writing in teacher education: from epistemology to practice and back again

Beighton, C. and Blackhall, A (2017) Pedagogies of academic writing in teacher education: from epistemology to practice and back again. HEAD conference 2017. pp. 169-178.

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Abstract

This paper discusses barriers to the development of academic writing, in the area of teacher education in UK higher education . We first situate these issues in a higher education context increasingly defined by new technologies and diverse cohorts of higher education students. Drawing on empirical data obtained from interviews with both students and teachers (N=21), we then critically examine a range of perspectives on the definition, role and function of academic literacy in this contemporary context.

Findings include useful insights into the development of writing skills and teacher identity, but they also reveal fundamental differences in the epistemological presuppositions of those teaching academic writing. These accounts are reflected in significant differences in pedagogy, and raise important questions for practice which, although potentially irresolvable, may help to explain some of the difficulties which emerge when trying to teach academic writing. Such fundamental issues, we argue, need to be at least recognized if teachers hope to develop the writing capacity of trainee teachers in an academic context.

3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd'17. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic writing; Teacher education; epistemology; pedagogy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD0143 Epistemology. Theory of knowlegde
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Teacher Education and Development
Depositing User: Dr Christian Beighton
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 17:24
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 16:16
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16561

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