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The Roles of Writing Development in Higher Education and Beyond

Start date : 30/06/2009

End date : 02/07/2009

Start time : 08:00 End time : 16:00

Organiser : Centre for Academic Writing

Location : Coventry University


Themes : The EATAW 2009 conference, focusing on ‘The Roles of Writing Development in Higher Education and Beyond’, will be hosted by the Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University, England. ‘Writing development’ is an operative term in UK higher education that is used to describe the work carried out by teachers, tutors, and researchers of scholarly writing. As writing development takes root in universities and colleges across Europe, the roles that writing programs, writing centres, writing initiatives, and writing research projects play within institutions are broadening and growing more complex. This conference aims to explore the potential of both large and small-scale writing development work within colleges and universities, and to consider ways in which writing development can impact beyond higher education, for example, in preparing students for writing in the professions and in writing developers’ outreach work in schools and communities. The ‘beyond’ of the conference theme also invites conference participants to reflect on the influence that theories, technologies, issues, and pedagogies from outside higher education are having on writing pedagogies and research, particularly in the European context. We invite teachers of academic writing, staff and administrators of writing centres and writing programs, academic writing researchers, administrators and politicians in the field of higher education from all over Europe to attend the conference. Participants from other parts of the world are equally welcome. The conference is open to anyone who has a professional interest in the roles of writing development in higher education and beyond.

Contact person : Centre for Academic Writing

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