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Wednesday, June 22 • 14:45 - 15:35
CON03.11 - Making the implicit explicit: A strategy for developing doctoral writing skills

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This workshop will focus on the conference theme of partnership (doctoral students and generic learning developers) and how it can contribute to student success. Since the late 1990s many factors have affected doctoral education, including the significant increase in enrolments and the diversification of the student body (for example, age, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds). Nevertheless, in many disciplines doctoral students are still expected to master the writing conventions of their research communities through observation or trial and error. More worrying, supervisors are often at a loss as to how to assist students with their written work, which can result in vague or incomplete writing advice. Recognizing a need for writing development, most universities provide generic, one-to-one support for doctoral students. Although such sessions are useful, an individualized approach is time-consuming and misses an essential component in writing development – the use of language and group activities to both encourage and mediate learning. It was this understanding that led to the establishment of our weekly, cross-disciplinary conversation about writing programme, the Doctoral Writing Conversation (DWC) at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. This workshop will begin with a brief description of the DWC, and the overall goals of our dialogic approaches will be described. Participants will then complete, one of the activities we use to help students become aware of, and understand academic voice – the ability to communicate complex research ideas in a clear, well-organized, and academically robust manner. Intended learning outcomes of the workshop include recognition and understanding not only of the concept of academic voice, but also how a generic, dialogic writing development programme can be used to help doctoral students become empowered as independent writers.

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E_Marcia Johnson

Director, Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning, University of Waikato
Dr Marcia Johnson is the Director of the Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Coming from a background in eLearning and Applied Linguistics, Marcia has introduced a number of cross-disciplinary, cohort-based initiatives to improve the student experience of learning, particularly doctoral writing.


Wednesday June 22, 2016 14:45 - 15:35
UCC 67

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