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Title: A qualitative investigation into 'alternative' professional writing in TESOL
Author: Sughrua, William Michael
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis reports on a qualitative investigation into 'alternative' professional writing within 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages' (TESOL), as seen in the 'research article' in a mainstream refereed journal, the 'chapter' in an edited book, and the 'monograph'. This 'alternative' writing, as it comes to be constructed during the data collection, can be broadly considered as 'creative' type of writing such as autobiography or fictionalized scenes that extends itself throughout the 'space' of a 'conventionally written' paper in such a way that 'conventionality' is challenged. This 'alternative academic writing in TESOL' (AA WT) seems to have been practiced to a minimal degree since approximately 1998. A review of the literature on academic writing and related areas such as discourse community provides a general backdrop to AA WT; however, this literature also suggests an overt 'descriptiveness' that seems to marginalize or inhibit AA WT. In the present thesis, AA WT is explored according to two research questions inquiring as to perceptions of and publishing experiences with this type of writing, on the part ofTESOL 'professional' writers, journal editors, and journal referees. To this end, the author of the thesis carried out interviews and email correspondence with thirty-eight TESOL writers, journal editors and journal referees; the author also submitted two of his own apparently 'alternative'-type papers to four mainstream TESOL journals and thereby obtained 'rejection' editorial correspondence and referee reports from four editors and five referees.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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