I developed a particular interest in student writing and student support services while I worked as a teacher at my home university in Republic of Moldova. To gain more knowledge and expertise, I decided to continue my studies abroad so I could get new perspectives and approaches to these topics. I enrolled on a Taught Masters course at Warwick Institute of Education in 2005/06, where I continued to read and explore the phenomenon of student writing. In 2006, I designed a doctoral project that aimed to investigate how students learn to write in a new discourse community.
In December 2010, I successfully completed my doctoral studies at Warwick Institute of Education in University of Warwick.
About My Research
Supervisor: Prof. David Wray
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Val Brooks
Thesis Title: A longitudinal case study of students’ perceptions of academic writing and of themselves as academic writers: the writing experiences of five students who spoke English as an additional language
This thesis explored how students who spoke English as an additional language (EAL) made sense of the writing conventions and literacy practices they engaged in as part of their Taught Masters course at the Institute of Education. It aimed to give a voice to EAL students' perceptions of academic writing and of themselves as academic writers.
Methodology: The research adopted a longitudinal case study to investigate in-depth the writing experiences of five EAL students. To conduct this exploratory project, I employed constructivist and interpretivist approaches and multiple methods such as self-completion questionnaire, semi-structured interviews and analysis of tutors’ feedback sheets and handbooks.
Year Started: October, 2006
Year Finished: December, 2010
Funding: Warwick Institute of Education Departmental Scholarship