Student writing has long been viewed as a problem in higher education in the UK. Moreover, the sector has consistently performed poorly in the National Student Survey with regard to assessment and feedback. Academics Engaging with Student Writing tackles these major issues from a new and unique angle, exploring the real-life experiences of academic teachers from different institutions as they set, support, read, respond to and assess assignments undertaken by undergraduate students.
Incorporating evidence from post-1992 universities, Oxbridge, members of the Russell Group and others, this book examines working practices around student writing within the context of an increasingly market-oriented mass higher education system. Presenting a wealth of relevant examples from disciplines as diverse as History and Sports Science, Tuck makes extensive use of interviews, observations, texts and audio recordings in order to explore the perspectives of academic teachers who work with student writers and their texts.
This book will be of interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of academic literacies, higher education, language and literacy, language in higher education, English for academic purposes and assessment. Furthermore, academic teachers with experience of this crucial aspect of academic labour will welcome Tuck's pioneering work as an indispensable tool for making sense of their own engagement with student writers.
About the Author
Jackie Tuck is Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. She has over thirty years of teaching experience in Applied Linguistics, English Language and Literature, Communication and Study Skills, English as an Additional Language and English for Academic Purposes. She completed her PhD in academic literacies in 2013.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Researching Pedagogies around Writing as Social Practice 3. Academics' Experiences of Engaging with Student Texts 4. The Tyranny of the Pink Sheet: The Assessment of Student Writing in Institutional Context 5. Is It My Job to Teach Them How to Write?': Identities and Relationships around Student Writing 6. 'Somebody Else's Issue': Distributing and Justifying Work around Student Writing 7. Creating Hospitable Spaces for Writing Pedagogies in the Disciplines in Higher Education 8. What is Writing in Higher Education for? References Appendix 1 Index