Student Academic Writing: Situated Enactment of Genre, Argument, and Knowledge Structure

Social Practices in Higher Education - A Knowledge Framework Approach to Linguistic Research and Teaching - Tammy Slater

Constant Leung [+-]
King's College London
Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College London. His research interests include additional/second language curriculum development and language assessment. He is Editor of Research Issues for TESOL Quarterly and Co-Editor for Language Assessment Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

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Academic writing is widely acknowledged to be challenging for students. In this chapter I will focus on the situated nature of academic writing, taking account of discipline-relevant content and intellectual sensibilities. I will also pay attention to Toulmin’s informal logic of argument and Mohan’s knowledge structures that can be used to help analyze the compositional interiority found in a good deal of academic discourse. The pedagogic relevance of this orientation will be illustrated through an analysis of a sample of student writing and tutor comments through the lens of genre, argument, and knowledge structure. It will be argued that just as there is no one finite way of knowing and doing academic literacy, there are no fixed universal templates for academic writing across different disciplines in different teaching–learning contexts; but the concepts of genre, argument, and knowledge structure can be used as criterial considerations to provide insight into how academic writing is construed and enacted.

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Leung, Constant. Student Academic Writing: Situated Enactment of Genre, Argument, and Knowledge Structure. Social Practices in Higher Education - A Knowledge Framework Approach to Linguistic Research and Teaching. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2023. ISBN 9781781797402. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39911. Date accessed: 28 Jan 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39911. Nov 2023

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