Academic literacies: ethnographic perspectives on

Robinson-Pant, Anna ORCID: (2018) Academic literacies: ethnographic perspectives on. In: International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology. Wiley. ISBN 9780470657225

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Ethnographic research has investigated academic institutions as sites where meaning making can be contested, collaborative and lead to transformation in social relationships. Such perspectives contrast with dominant deficit discourses where academic literacy has been regarded as a discrete set of neutral skills to be imparted to students. Academic literacies in the UK grew out of empirical research influenced by the New Literacy Studies, in contrast to the emphasis on literary theory and textual analysis in the US. An ideological commitment to transforming unequal power relations distinguishes academic literacies from related fields such as English for Academic Purposes. Theory and methodology in academic literacies has responded to the changes influencing knowledge construction in educational institutions, particularly the spread of marketisation, globalisation and electronic communication. The challenge for future researchers will be to address the perceived methodological limitations of small-scale ethnographic studies in terms of policy influence, to diversify from Western university contexts and to find ways of conceptualising ‘academic’ to take account of knowledge construction outside formal institutions.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Literacy and Development Group
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2023 13:30
DOI: 10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1904

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