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Carole Sedgwick: Crossing borders: the feasibility of harmonising academic literacy standards across Europe

Date: 25 May 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies Meeting Room 1

The Bologna Declaration (1999) is an agreement to harmonise degree qualifications in Europe in order to promote mobility for work and education between signatory countries. However, to what extent is it possible to create common standards between universities that are in different cultural and linguistic contexts? What do we need to consider in order to enable students to participate as writers on a similar academic programme in a different cultural and linguistic context?

This paper reports findings in relation to a qualitative study of literacy practices on postgraduate English language majors at two universities, each in a different cultural and linguistic context, Hungary and Italy. An ethnographic approach was taken to data collection and analysis to investigate literacy practices in relation to the MA theses in each university that had been graded. Interviews were conducted with students, assessors and supervisors and graded theses, feedback and contextual documentation were collected. The paper will present and discuss the analysis in relation to a theme that was prominent in the data, originality.

Carole Sedgwick, Lancaster University

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Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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