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Academic writing by 'international' students in the internet age: studying diversity in practice

Whitley, Edgar A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1779-0814 and Grous, Alexander (2009) Academic writing by 'international' students in the internet age: studying diversity in practice. International Journal of Innovation in Education, 1 (1). pp. 12-34. ISSN 1755-151X

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Identification Number: 10.1504/IJIIE.2009.030101


This is an exploratory study that identifies some of the characteristics of student academic writing in the internet age. The study followed fourteen postgraduate international students in the UK as they undertook a critical literature review assignment and examined how they adapted to the requirements of their British assignments. The students came from China, Greece and India. Three rounds of interviews were undertaken. The study was intentionally exploratory as little is known about how students actually write, what online search tools they use and how they take advantage of pedagogic interventions provided by their teachers in adapting to their new educational environment. The study presents strategies that the students adopt to make the transition from the ways of studying and writing that they are familiar with to those required to do well in the British system. The paper ends by presenting implications for practice alongside reflections for theory.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Enterprise
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 09:20
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 23:12

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