Developing self-authorship through participation in student research conferences

Hill, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-0682-783X, Walkington, Helen and West, Harry (2015) Developing self-authorship through participation in student research conferences. In: Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, 1-4 September 2015, Exeter. (Unpublished)

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Graduate attributes are a framework of skills, attitudes, values and knowledge that graduates should develop by the end of their degree programmes. Such attributes can be integrated into both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Adopting a largely qualitative approach and using semi-structured interviews, we outline the experiences of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science (GEES) students’ experiences at a national undergraduate research conference and provide evidence for the graduate attributes developed. The students demonstrated intellectual autonomy, repurposing their work for presentation to a multi-disciplinary audience through conversation with and benchmarking against their peers. They gained confidence in expressing their identity as researchers and moved towards self-authorship, consciously balancing the contextual nature of their disciplinary knowledge with intra-personally grounded goals and values. The undergraduate research conference thereby offers students an opportunity to begin to construct their professional identities during their studies, potentially helping them to navigate into their working and wider social lives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-authorship; Participation; Student research conferences
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Professional Services > Academic Development Unit
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Marta Kemp
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 15:46

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