Responding to an expanded repertoire of graduate communicative tasks
University of Michigan
[Abstract coming soon]
“Maybe I’m just not cut out for this”: The consequences of institutional discourses about writing for doctoral researcher identities
In this talk, I share data from a cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary study of doctoral writing at Canadian research-intensive universities to trace how institutional discourses about writing surface in the research writing experiences of doctoral students. Drawing on survey responses from 3000 doctoral students and interviews with 50 doctoral students, I examine how institutional discourses about writing shape assumptions about research writing in doctoral programs, how doctoral students take these discourses up, and what consequences these discourses have for doctoral researcher identities. The purpose of this talk is to invite participants to share and explore strategies for engaging those charged with doctoral education in reflecting on the consequences of inherited institutional discourses about writing, which have traditionally escaped reflection, but have significant consequences for the scholarly identity development of doctoral researchers.
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