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Developing a Culture of Publication: a joint enterprise writing retreat

Garside, Joanne, Bailey, Rowan, Tyas, Moira, Topping, Annie, Stone, Graham, Ormrod, Graham and Gillibrand, Warren P. (2015) Developing a Culture of Publication: a joint enterprise writing retreat. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7 (2). pp. 429-442. ISSN 2050-7003

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Purpose: Many students irrespective of level of study produce excellent course work which, if given support and encouragement could clearly be of a publishable standard. Academic staff are expected to produce quality publications meeting peer review standards although they may be relatively novice authors. All are engaged in some aspects of academic writing practices but not as frequently involved in co-production of publications emanating from student work. This activity is still at the margins of much of the student experience.

Design/methodology: Mindful of these issues, we designed and offered a writing programme including a writing retreat. This brought together undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of applied disciplines (health and art, design and architecture) and their supervisors with the aim of co-producing publications and participating in a community of scholarly practice. The project was delivered over nine months. It involved four days ‘compulsory’ attendance and included a preparatory workshop, a two day off campus writing retreat and a dissemination event. Student and supervisors applied to participate as a team. Kirkpatrick’s (2006) four-stage classic model: reaction, learning, changes in behaviour and real world results was used as a framework for the educational evaluation.

Key findings organised thematically were: Supervisor-supervisee relationships; space and time; building confidence enabling successful writing and publication.

Originality/Value: This paper will provide an overview of the design, content and approaches used for successful delivery of this innovative project. It will draw on examples that illustrate the different types of joint enterprise that emerged, illuminate experiences of co-production and co-authorship along with recommendations for future ventures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Publication, Writing retreat, Writing skills, Co-Authorship, Co-production, Evaluation, Kirkpatrick four levels
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2015 16:50
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 18:15


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