A dialogic approach to developing academic literacy among postgraduate students.

Murphy, Jamie and Rao, Namrata and Maslen, Joseph and Owen, Alex (2019) A dialogic approach to developing academic literacy among postgraduate students. Educational Developments, 20 (2). pp. 23-26. ISSN 1469-3267

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Abstract

There are a number of difficulties facing postgraduate students at university that present a challenge to their learning. Postgraduate students in higher education institutions can likely be at a stage of their professional and personal lives where responsibilities and commitments can have an impact on the efficiency of their study and their ability to fully engage. Furthermore, whilst undergraduate study is a three-year course, allowing for a certain element of ‘bedding in’ for new students, postgraduate study often comprises one year of intensive study, necessitating students to be confident in their ability to study from the outset of their course. Postgraduate students often study a subject out of interest, but this does not ensure that the student has the prerequisite specialist understanding of the subject or academic study skills for Masters level study. Additionally, it cannot be assumed that every student has transitioned seamlessly from undergraduate to postgraduate level. Many have taken a hiatus from higher education, leading to a lack of confidence and understanding in their academic abilities. However, it is inappropriate to argue that postgraduate students must merely start anew as they have done at the beginning of their undergraduate course, as that would ignore the skills and qualities that they already possess, even if these have been neglected over time. This article presents an intervention used with postgraduate students to support them in their academic writing. The intervention involved a collaborative ongoing dialogue between staff and students mediated by a student intern.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an published Manuscript of an article published by SEDA in Educational Developments on July 2019, available online adter 12 months: https://www.seda.ac.uk/past-issues/
Keywords: academic literacy, postgraduate transitions, dialogic approach
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 08:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 08:20
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2914

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