Student Writing in Higher Education

  • Sue StarfieldEmail author
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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


Academic writing is a vast and ever-expanding field of study. In higher education in particular with the growth of English medium instruction on a global level, writing for a multitude of academic purposes has become a high-stakes activity. Recently, academic literacies approaches in which writing is no longer viewed as a generic skill to be taught as a set of static rules but rather as shaped by complex interactions of social, institutional, and historical forces in contexts of unequal power have been influential, leading to discussions of the interactions between academic literacies approaches, English for academic purposes (EAP) approaches, and genre approaches. Key themes discussed in this chapter are approaches to researching and teaching academic writing, genre in academic writing, understandings of plagiarism and intertextuality, and the role of identity in academic writing.


Academic writing Identity Genre Plagiarism Intertextuality Academic literacies 


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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSYAustralia

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