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Maxwell, Ian – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This article develops an account of an extracurricular reading group convened in a small theatre/performance department, consisting of postgraduate and honours students. The origins of the group in a formal seminar/class are discussed, including a shift in syllabus design based upon breadth of reading/content to one based upon depth, taking up the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Graduate Students, Honors Curriculum
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Manarin, Karen – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Why read? What is the point of reading in higher education if students can succeed in their classes without reading? Using Wigfield and Eccles' Expectancy-Value theory of motivation as a framework, I explore why different instructors think their students should be reading and whether students share these motivations. Instructors and students…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Learner Engagement
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Douglas, Kate – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
University educators have observed the concurrent problems of student attrition, higher than normal or desired failure rates and students struggling to complete assessable and non-assessable work, for instance, set readings. Recent public commentary has pointed to the widening participation agenda with its lowering of university entrance scores…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Critical Reading, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Wei, John; Carter, Susan; Laurs, Deborah – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The first time of many significant encounters is the most intense, raising awkwardness, anxiety and hope. This article presents data from doctoral students (n = 80) who described the first time that they submitted writing to their supervisor and received feedback. The first writing/feedback exchange is an initiation into the cultures of academia.…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Ethnography, Writing Instruction, Supervisors
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Aldridge, David – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This article explores the close association between higher education and reading. I draw on the resources of literary studies to illuminate the phenomenon of educational 'engagement'. I explore the accounts of reading offered in the phenomenological literary theory of Rita Felski and Marielle Macé and extend their 'stylistics of existence' into…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Correlation, Higher Education
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Liddicoat, Stephanie – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
A good working relationship between an architect and a client is crucial to the success of any architectural project. However, client engagement is often absent or difficult to replicate within the classroom teaching of architecture students. In order to address some of these gaps and also to attempt to inculcate a sense of a client-architect…
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship, Literature
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Baker, Sally; Bangeni, Bongi; Burke, Rachel; Hunma, Aditi – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
While the importance of academic language and literacies in students' meaningful participation in higher education has been well-explored, studies have focused on writing rather than reading. There has been a significant silence in the literature around what constitutes reading in higher education, the sociocultural complexities of reader…
Descriptors: Reading, Higher Education, Literacy, Reading Research
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Dakka, Fadia; Wade, Alex – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Where and when do academics write and what are the feelings associated with it? Is the pressure to write a fulfilling process of joyful exploration, or is it stressful and wracked with self-doubt? Inspired by Henri Lefebvre's Rhythmanalysis, this article explores the rhythmic dispositions and orientations of contemporary academic writing, exposing…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Criticism, Writing Processes
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De Piero, Zack K. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
In surveys and semi-structured interviews, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) discussed the role of reading in their first-year composition (FYC) courses infused with 'writing about writing' and 'teaching for transfer' perspectives. Three transformative reading lenses played a pivotal role in instructors' pedagogies -- deconstructing genres,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Transformative Learning
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Kilner, Kerry; Collie, Natalie; Clement, Jennifer – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This article presents the authors' successful experiences with Cirrus, a purpose-built Digital Humanities teaching and learning platform developed at The University of Queensland between 2016 and 2018. Our case studies in teaching the crafts of close reading, critical analysis, and writing show that Cirrus's annotation tools enable teachers to…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Critical Reading, Writing (Composition), Humanities Instruction
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Abblitt, Stephen – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The term postdigital has in recent years been applied across a broad range of disciplines, including literary studies, to describe an era in which digital media and technologies have become the dominant, if not hegemonic, aesthetic, social, epistemological and ontological paradigm. However, the full effects on literary studies of the new modes of…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Information Technology, Instruction, Literary Criticism
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Römhild, Juliane – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
In "Uses of Literature" (2008), Rita Felski outlines four ways in which our affective responses to literature can serve as a starting point for a new form of literary criticism drawing on reader response and ethical criticism. This article situates Felski's approach in the context of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) on…
Descriptors: English Literature, Teaching Methods, Reader Response, Reflection
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Phillips, Sandra R.; Archer-Lean, Clare – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
First Nations writing within English literary studies risks contemporary colonisation if encountered as a literary object for close reading without context or reflection on the role of the reader. This article will explore the processes involved in constructing an innovative reading practice amongst tertiary students to counter the potential for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, College Students, Social Bias
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Molla, Tebeje; Harvey, Andrew; Sellar, Sam – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This article explores factors contributing to unequal patterns of access to languages other than English (LOTE) in Australian universities. A critical analysis of qualitative and quantitative data generated through interviews, surveys and document analysis reveals that underrepresentation in LOTE courses in Australian universities is attributable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Smith, Karen; Hill, John – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Blended learning has been a feature of higher education practice and research for almost two decades. This article takes stock of current blended learning research, contributing to the growing number of meta-analyses of higher education and blended learning research more generally, through a review of ninety-seven articles relating to blended…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Blended Learning, Educational Practices, Higher Education
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