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The role of academic referencing within students’ identity development

Gravett, Karen and Kinchin, Ian M. (2020) The role of academic referencing within students’ identity development Journal of Further and Higher Education.

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This article examines teachers’ perspectives on a neglected area of practice: academic referencing. Commonly considered a simple skill to learn, we suggest that instead a study of referencing practices enables us to glean valuable insight into the challenges experienced by students when developing a learner identity. Drawing on interviews with academic staff, this article depicts teachers’ experiences as they support students with referencing and academic literacy practices. However, the intentions of teachers to develop students are shown to be at variance with student outcomes, as students appear increasingly disengaged from an area of academic practice that they find mysterious and opaque, and as staff report an increase in the number of cases of plagiarism and academic misconduct. We conclude with a consideration of the need to widen understanding of the complex challenges experienced by students when grappling with citation practices. Moreover, we contend that the development of academic literacy practices can play a key role within students’ development of a learner identity, and can impact upon students’ sense of belonging and becoming into and through higher education.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Kinchin, Ian
Date : 27 May 2020
DOI : 10.1080/0309877X.2020.1766665
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Further and Higher Education on 27/05/20, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Academic literacies; Transitions; Learner identity; Academic; Referencing; Student experience
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Jun 2020 11:33
Last Modified : 17 Jun 2020 11:33

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