9780805821475

Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing in Academic and Workplace Contexts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805821475

  • ISBN10:

    0805821473

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau
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Summary

Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing in Academic and Workplace Contextsoffers a unique examination of writing as it is applied and used in academic and workplace settings. Based on a 7-year multi-site comparative study of writing in different university courses and matched workplaces, this volume presents new perspectives on how writing functions within the activities of various disciplines: law and public administration courses and government institutions; management courses and financial institutions; social-work courses and social-work agencies; and architecture courses and architecture practice. Using detailed ethnography, the authors make comparisons between the two types of settings through an understanding of how writing is operative within the particularities of these settings. Although the research was initially established to further understanding of the relationships between writing in academic and workplace settings, it has evolved to examining writing as it is embedded in both types of settings--where social relationships, available tools, and historical, cultural, temporal, and physical location are all implicated in complex ways in the decisions people make as writers. Readers of this volume will discover that the uniqueness of each setting makes salient different aspects of writers and writing, resulting in complex, and potentially unsettling implications for writing theory and the teaching of writing.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction vii
Preface xi
I Introduction 1(42)
Introduction: Researching Writing at School and at Work
3(14)
Situating Writing
17(26)
II University Writing 43(70)
The Social Motive of University Writing
47(18)
Complications and Tensions
65(17)
Writing and the Formation of the Architect
82(31)
III Workplace Writing 113(70)
The Complexity of Social Motive in Workplace Writing
117(18)
Distributed Cognition at Work
135(16)
From Words to Bricks: Writing in an Architectural Practice
151(32)
IV Transitions 183(53)
Students and Workers Learning
185(16)
Virtual Realities: Transitions From University to Workplace Writing
201(21)
Contexts for Writing: University and Work Compared
222(14)
References 236(10)
Author Index 246(3)
Subject Index 249

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