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    Tracing changes in the citing practices of a master’s student: a longitudinal case study

    Petrić, Bojana and Harwood, N. (2023) Tracing changes in the citing practices of a master’s student: a longitudinal case study. In: Wette, R. (ed.) Teaching and Learning Source-Based Writing. Current Perspectives and Future Directions. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 27-47. ISBN 9781032252346. (In Press)

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    This longitudinal case study aimed to trace changes in the citing practices of a master’s student during a one-year course of study at a UK university. Multiple sources of data (samples of the participant’s writing, markers’ reports and lecturers’ feedback, repeated interviews with the participant, university documentation) were used in multiple data collection waves during three distinct periods within the academic year: a 5-week pre-sessional academic English course, the taught part of the master’s program, and the supervised dissertation. The study documented changes in the participant’s citing patterns and her understanding of citing. The overall picture is of a non-linear, uneven development, marked by simultaneous acquisition of more complex citing practices and fluctuation in the already adopted ones. The findings reveal the complex nature of citing, whose mastery requires effective coordination of multiple domains: discursive (e.g., use of reporting verbs), conceptual (e.g., awareness of the rhetorical purposes of citations) and technical (e.g., accurate use of citation styles). This implies that teaching citation should target both students’ discursive practices and their awareness of citing.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Multilingual and Multicultural Research, Centre for (CMMR)
    Depositing User: Bojana Petric
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2023 12:25
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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