'Naming' students' problems: an analysis of language-related discourses at a South African university

Boughey, C. (2002) 'Naming' students' problems: an analysis of language-related discourses at a South African university. Teaching in Higher Education, 7 (3). pp. 295-307. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

This article examines a number of discourses that construct students 'problems' as they engage with tertiary study at a historically black South African university. These dominant discourses are then linked to Street's 'autonomous' model of literacy and Rampton's 'autonomous' model of applied linguistics in order to interrogate their ideological biases. Implications of the discourses for the provision of epistemological access to tertiary study are then explored. The article ends by indicating how a 'literacy across the curriculum' approach to working with students' difficulties could provide an alternative to current 'remedial' programmes.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Prof C Boughey is the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Uncontrolled Keywords:language; discourse; students; South Africa; tertiary; study; higher education; blacks; literacy
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Divisions:Support Units > Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning
Faculty > Faculty of Education > Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning
ID Code:1107
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:30 Sep 2008
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:19
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