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Webinar: Writing behaviors and goals

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

 This Webinar is part of Share your Research: A programme of Online Webinars. This series is intended to facilitate the sharing of cutting edge and innovative research, globally. These webinars enable lively debate and constructive feedback from interested peers. These sessions are open and free for all to attend. 

Chair: Samuel Dent, Nottingham Trent University

1.       Evaluating a framework to support academics with changing their writing behaviour Alison Hardy Nottingham Trent University

Maintaining a writing habit can be a challenge. In 2014 Murray and Thow suggested a two-part framework to address this challenge: peer-to-peer dialogue and a motivational interview using a prescribed template. In this presentation we report on the trial and evaluation of their framework with a group of early career academics. Our study aims to show how and whether the framework has the potential to support writers in changing and maintaining their writing behaviours.

The study’s setting is an Institute of Education within a post-92 university in England where academics were being encouraged to research and publish. Roberts and Weston (2014) had previously tried using technical workshops to support early career academics to write and concluded that workshops are ‘not as effective as embedding a responsive programme of support with peer support at its core, over a sustained time’ (p.713). Our presentation responds to their conclusion and evaluates whether Murray and Thow’s framework facilitates peers working together to find their own solutions to changing and maintaining their writing habits.

Eight participants met regularly in pairs and used Murray and Thow’s framework to set goals and check in on their writing progress. The participants were interviewed, and the transcripts evaluated using self-determination theory (SDT) to understand what was happening in the meetings and whether the framework was helping the writers write, keep writing and feel supported. We were interested to see if three psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness – facets of SDT) were met because of the writing meetings.

We found these needs were met, but with varying degrees. It was clear that the relationship between the pairs was important and a beneficial writing meeting required a mutualistic relationship. Our findings suggest that the writing meeting framework can, given the right conditions, help writers change and maintain their writing habits.

 

2.       Supporting Early Career Researchers through Virtual Writing Groups Dr Labake Fakunle, University of Edinburgh, Dr Carol Johnson, University of Melbourne

Early career researchers face many challenges as they seek to prepare for and acclimate into academic positions at a university. Added to the workload is the need to increase publication outcome and establish a sustainable writing and publication habit. Virtual writing groups have been found helpful to assist ECRs in developing goal-oriented publication habits and outcomes (Johnson & Lock, 2018).

This short webinar will focus on the outcomes supported through ECR participation in virtual writing groups, impact on ECR writing goals, and highlight how these groups can be implemented in various contexts.

Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Times: 13:00 - 14:00
Signup Deadline: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Location: Online event, link will be provided
Lunch Provided: No
Spaces Left: Unlimited
Prices: Members: Free, Guests: Free
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