Postgraduates’ genre-knowledge development in ‘new disciplines’
2015 (English)In: EATAW 2015: 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Interdisciplinary and reflexive research approaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences increasingly influence postgraduate academic writing (Starfield and Ravelli 2006). Writing conventions here are often contested (Casanave 2010) and new forms of English for Academic Purposes pedagogies are required. This paper examines students’ development of genre knowledge (Tardy 2009) in the context of these tendencies: How do master’s students studying in interdisciplinary fields perceive and develop genre knowledge in the multilingual and interdisciplinary learning context of a Swedish university? What are pedagogic challenges and perspectives for a faculty-wide EAP course? The paper presents an ethnographically informed case study (Barton and Hamilton 1998) with eight participants who completed a cross-disciplinary EAP course. The data material includes regular interviews with the students, interviews with discipline-specific teachers, the analysis of students’ texts written as part the EAP course, sample texts introduced to the course by the students as well as their final thesis. Initial results highlight the role of students’ previous genre knowledge in the understanding of writing conventions for their new interdisciplinary projects; the students’ positioning towards their programme of study; and the uncertainties of conventions in relatively young disciplines, such as Fashion Studies, that are still in the process of formation. Thus postgraduate EAP courses can neither be generic nor discipline-specific but have to actively involve students as researchers of their own writing and include the analysis of students’ past writing and other texts relating to their current projects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126992OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-126992DiVA: diva2:904877
8th Biennal conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, Monday 15 June – Wednesday 17 June 2015, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia