Student voices in academic writing: PsychLiverpool a community for meaning making

Forsythe, Alex, Demirbag, Emir ORCID: 0000-0002-4682-3761 and Warren, Jasmine
(2019) Student voices in academic writing: PsychLiverpool a community for meaning making. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (16).

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The practice and expectations of academic communication are changing and blogging provides a socially liberating mechanism through which to support the development of student writing and literacy. The study reported here examines the impact of an academic–student partnership in supporting the development of student discourse. Anonymous feedback gathered from both the contributors and readers of the student blog, PsychLiverpool, was analysed using automated text analysis. The analysis identified that high levels of positive emotion were associated with PsychLiverpool. Students valued its capacity to trigger thinking and insight, and the social and networking relationships the blog offered. PsychLiverpool empowered students to expand their learning networks outside their classroom and to peer-network by connecting them with like-minded students and academics. By providing students with safe opportunities to develop their skills and networks, it fulfilled their needs for affiliation and achievement, power, and reward. The particular advantage of PsychLiverpool was that in operating outside traditional university processes of assessment and feedback, students were more motivated to write about and engage with academic language on their own terms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer networking, blogging, student voice, student partnership
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 08:10
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