Writing in post-graduate coursework - a case for a dynamic model

Year: 1998

Author: Flavell, Rick

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Much of the research into student academic writing has centred on problems students encounter and on pedagogical solutions to these problems. This has especially been the case with L2 writers. This paper reports on a study of student writing taken in its social and institutional context. A Master of Business Administration class provided a mix of L2 and L1 writers and the study looked at the lecturer's reading of the students' essays as well as the students writing of the essays. The results suggested that the static model of student writing which is implicit in common perceptions is less generative than an understanding of the process as being dynamic for both lecturer and student.