oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Responding to students' writing : an alternative understanding



Many academics spend an inordinate amount of time responding to written work submitted by students. Rewards accruing from this work are often meagre in terms of the overall development of students' ability to write. This article argues that much of the work related to writing is based on 'commonsense' understandings of what it means to write. It then goes on to provide an alternative understanding of thereasons for poor writing based on contemporary linguistic and social theory. The article concludes with an approach to responding to written work based on this understanding.


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