oa Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) - Risk in Academic Writing: Postgraduate Students, their Teachers and the Making of Knowledge, L. Thesen and L. Cooper (Eds.) : book review

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2310-7103



is a very timely publication, given the current interest worldwide in postgraduate studies and postgraduate supervision. This edited volume covers topics related to postgraduate studies at masters and doctoral level, largely with a focus on academic writing. The volume contains studies on academic writing principally at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, but with contributions from the United States (Suresh Canagarajah and Ena Lee) and the United Kingdom (Mary Scott). The final two chapters reflecting on the case studies by Teresa Lillis and Brenda Cooper eloquently and appropriately summarise the book and praise its contents, as well as the form in which many of the pieces have been written, but they take forward the discussion begun in the volume about risk, voice, agency and resistance.

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