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LRDG Seminar - Embedding the development of writing within a science faculty: a case study of a postgraduate writing course

Date: 25 April 2006 Time: 12.50 - 2.00

Embedding the development of writing within a science faculty: a case study of a postgraduate writing course.

Robert Blake and Moira Peelo, Student Learning Development Centre, Lancaster University

Our talk explores the experience of teaching a writing module to postgraduate scientists from a large science faculty. Students on this course are drawn from a range of scientific departments and are working for different degrees at different levels, some on taught courses and some by research. It describes the process of changing the design and philosophy of what had been an inherited course, based on a study skills model of writing to one which acknowledges writing as a social practice. The themes of collaboration and cooperation with science lecturers are explored as a means of investigating the writing practices of postgraduate scientists.

This experience raises a number of questions for the development of writing: Pedagogical and practical ones concerning how to embed writing development within assessed degree schemes and the relationships with subject experts in this provision. The effectiveness of generic writing courses for scientists and whether there is such a genre as scientific writing. It illustrates the complexity of defining an appropriate context within which there could be said to be 'shared academic practices'.

Event website: http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/what/lrdg.htm

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