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“The best way to explain it is to do it”: An ongoing empirical study focusing on how university teaching staff use modelling to help students develop their academic literacies
Dalarna University, School of Language, Literatures and Learning, English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0530-206X
Dalarna University, School of Language, Literatures and Learning, Swedish. (Språkdidaktiska gruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7745-8034
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over the last few decades, Swedish Higher Education institutions have been working on widened participation (Högskolelagen, 1992, p.1434) as part of a wider effort towards sustainable development and increased accessibility to university studies (Agenda 2030). As a consequence, student populations today bring with them a wider range of academic skills. This, in turn, means that teaching staff across disciplines face a myriad of challenges. In our presentation, we discuss an ongoing empirical study on teaching practices for the development of university students’ academic literacies in the social sciences, with a particular focus on the role of modelling as a teaching strategy. Using Academic Literacies (Lea & Street, 1998; Lillis, 2003; Lea, 2004; Eklund Heinonen et al., 2018) as the theoretical framework, the study aims at (a) identifying challenges as experienced by teaching staff in the Social Sciences, and (b) carrying out a pedagogical intervention. The project, which is a collaboration between two lecturers from the Social Sciences and two researchers from the Language Support Unit, comprises four stages, namely: (1) a needs analysis to map the faculty’s existing teaching practices and to identify their challenges in relation to their students’ academic skills; (2) planning of a pedagogical intervention through a series of workshops; (3) implementation of the intervention; and (4) assessment of the project. So far, the findings reveal that modelling is a crucial teaching strategy in making tacit knowledge and task instructions explicit. The project is also expected to contribute to our understanding of (a) the challenges teaching staff experience in Swedish Higher Education today and (b) how to best support university students’ development of academic literacies. Furthermore, the project’s findings will be used to develop a course for professional development targeting teaching staff at our university.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023.
Keywords [en]
Academic literacies, modelling, teaching strategy, higher education
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-47052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-47052DiVA, id: diva2:1801143
Conference
Litteracitet och lärande i högre utbildning, Sundsvall, 26-27 september 2023.
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Academic Literacies in Social Sciences (ALiSS)Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-10-02Bibliographically approved

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Garcia-Yeste, MiguelNordmark, Marie

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