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Learning, teaching and assessment strategies in higher education: Contradictions of genre and desiring

Learning, teaching and assessment strategies in higher education: Contradictions of genre and desiring

Clegg, Sue and Smith, Karen (2008) Learning, teaching and assessment strategies in higher education: Contradictions of genre and desiring. Research Papers in Education, 25 (1). pp. 115-132. ISSN 0267-1522 (Print), 1470-1146 (Online) (doi:10.1080/02671520802584145)

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Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of ethnographic data collected by researchers as part of the process of rewriting an institutional learning and teaching strategy in an English university. The research was driven by a desire to understand what work a learning and teaching strategy might accomplish, and the form/s of address in strategy documents. The data for the study comprised in‐depth interviews with staff, focus groups with staff and students, documentary analysis of the existing institutional strategy documents from equivalent higher education institutions, and data from notes, memos, minutes and a personal reflective diary of events. These data did not provide the basis for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the strategy, rather they played a role in informing the development of the strategy, interrogating the limitations of strategy and exploring the ways in which such strategies discursively position pedagogic and academic identity. We conclude that strategy is non‐linear and the site of multiple contradictions, and that the work of strategy documents is accomplished through rhetorical forms in which desiring is as important as rational argument. How academics are discursively positioned, therefore, becomes a matter of power. Tensions between different approaches to teacher improvement, in the name of improving student learning, are acted out in the process of authoring strategy documents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 22 Dec 2008. [2] Published in print: March 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, strategy, academic identity, desiring, genre, time
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Education Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6941

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