The Journey Between There and Here: Stories of a Faculty Writing Group

Badenhorst, Cecile and McLeod, Heather and Vaandering, Dorothy and Li, Xuemei and Joy, Rhonda and Penney, Sharon C. and Pickett, Sarah and Hesson, Jacqueline Barbara (2016) The Journey Between There and Here: Stories of a Faculty Writing Group. Canadian Journal of Education, 39 (1). ISSN 1918-5979

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Reflecting, sharing, and producing knowledge about the process of writing and collaboration in a writing group is the focus of this qualitative project, in which we explore a complex weaving of knowledge, subjectivity, and representation. In this group are eight women faculty, all of whom are individually working on writing projects in their own areas of expertise. Using a method of writing as inquiry, each person was asked to keep a reflective journal; an autoethnographic account of their experiences of writing during a three-month period. The group met weekly and each individual shared their reflections and writing experiences. In this project, our intention is to decentre notions of the alienated, isolated academic by writing and constructing knowledge as a collective. Using the metaphor of here and there, we ask how can a relational culture grow out of writing? How can competitive, hidden barriers be broken down and replaced by open, encouraging spaces?

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 13610
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 30 March 2016
Date Type: Publication
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