Transitions in Writing


Transitions in Writing addresses the experiences of writers as they move between contexts of writing and juggle new and different demands. Spelman Miller and Stevenson bring together research by scholars in a range of settings across the world who approach transition from different standpoints. Transition is often conceived of as a change in setting, coinciding with physical or temporal relocation, such as between stages of an educational or professional career. However, writers also manage more local, micro-level transitions as they move between genres, registers and rhetorical moves to meet the demands of the task. The combination of both macro- and micro-level perspectives on transition offers a novel, broad conception of the types of change a writer encounters, and illustrates a range of methodological approaches appropriate to exploring such transitions.

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Kristyan Spelman Miller, University of Liverpool, is Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and a National Teaching Fellow. Since her PhD in 2000 she has written on written text production, with particular reference to second language writing.

Marie Stevenson is a senior lecturer at the School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She has published widely in the field of literacy, including writing processes, academic literacy, digital literacy, and discourse analysis of writers’ texts.

Contributors are: Viktoria Åkerlund, Sally Baker, Brid Delahunt, Ann Everitt-Reynolds, Clare Furneaux, Arlene Harvey, Bronwyn James, Victoria Johansson, Margaret Kettle, Minkang Kim, Ellen Krogh, Moira Maguire, Veronica Ong, Mary Ryan, Birgitta Sahlén, Kristyan Spelman Miller, Marie Stevenson, Eszter Szenes.
List of Figures and Tables Transitions in Writing: An IntroductionKristyan Spelman Miller and Marie Stevenson 1 Transition in Students’ Reading and Writing: The Case of A-Levels to University in the UKSally Baker 2 Transitions into Post-Graduate Study: Developing Writers at a British UniversityClare Furneaux 3 Crossing the Divide between Writing CulturesEllen Krogh 4 Facilitating Non-Native English Speaker Students’ Transition to Writing for the Disciplines: A Study of Learning TransferVeronica Ong 5 “They Don’t Want My Opinion Do They?”: Authorial Identity and Transitions into and within Higher EducationAnn Everitt-Reynolds, Moira Maguire and Brid Delahunt 6 Transitioning to Academic Success: Textual Change and Reflexivity in the Writing of International Postgraduate StudentsMargaret Kettle and Mary Ryan 7 Writing and Speaking: Children Moving between ModalitiesVictoria Johansson, Viktoria Åkerlund and Birgitta Sahlén 8 Crossing the Line: Trading Across Semiotic Systems in the Visual and Performing ArtsBronwyn James 9 Reflective Writing: A Transitional Space between Theory and PracticeMarie Stevenson, Bronwyn James, Arlene Harvey, Minkang Kim and Eszter Szenes Index
The collection is of interest to a wide range of scholars, researchers and teachers with an interest in engagement with writing, education, or literacy.
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