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    Review of Introducing Teachers’ Writing Groups: Exploring the Theory and Practice


    Purcell, Declan and Farrell, Alison (2016) Review of Introducing Teachers’ Writing Groups: Exploring the Theory and Practice. Journal of Academic Writing, 6 (1). pp. 252-254. ISSN 2225-8973

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    Smith, J. and Wrigley, S. (2016) Introducing Teachers’ Writing Groups: Exploring the Theory and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.150, £95.00, 9781138797420 Introducing Teachers' Writing Groups: Exploring the Theory and Practice, by Jenifer Smith and Simon Wrigley, is co-published by Routledge and the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) as the latest offering in a collaborative series. The Association is the professional body in the UK for all teachers of English in primary and post-primary schools and their series with Routledge is intended to promote ‘standards of excellence in the teaching of English’ by disseminating ‘innovative and original ideas that have practical classroom outcomes’, as well as supporting teachers’ own professional development. In this latest addition to the series, Smith and Wrigley address a key underlying question – indeed challenge – for English teachers: how can you teach students to write if, as a teacher, you can’t, or don’t, or won’t, write yourself? The authors introduce us to teachers’ writing groups as one compelling way to meet this challenge; such groups, the book demonstrates, encourage and support teachers as writers. Similarly, writing groups can also be of value in higher education settings for colleagues (Grant 2006, Badenhorst et al. 2013 and Geller and Eodice 2013), and for students (Aitchinson 2009), and it is the application of the book’s theory and practices in these contexts that may prove most useful for readers of the Journal of Academic Writing.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Smith, J.; Wrigley, S.; Teachers’ Writing Groups; Theory; Practice;
    Academic Unit: Centre for Teaching and Learning
    Item ID: 8740
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.18552/joaw.v6i1.374
    Depositing User: Alison Farrell
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2017 09:46
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Academic Writing
    Publisher: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW)
    Refereed: No
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