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Next Steps in Scholarship

Prerequisite: First Steps

After this class, learners will be aware of and understand:
1. Information Creation as a Process and why all information is not equal.
Information is produced to convey a message and is distributed. The ways of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
Learners will:

  • Explore looking at different ways information is presented, where it fits in an Information Cycle and understanding the advantages and limitations of different types of information
  • Explore their role as learners in creating information

2. Information Has a Value
Information can be seen as a commodity, as something that adds value. Social issues, the law and economics all impact on what information is available.
Learners will be facilitated to:

  • Look at how value is shown in an academic context
  • Explore the value in an academic context of popular versus scholarly information
  • Become aware of how money impacts on access to information
  • The conventions of academic writing and research

3. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
What and who is seen as an ‘authority’ varies in different disciplines and contexts.

Learners will be facilitated to:

  • Understand how authority  is presented and created in an academic context
  • Understand different views authority may have
  • Understand why questioning is important and their role as questioners
  • Understand that they as leraners are developing authority and what is needed for that to be recognised

4. Scholarship as Conversation
Scholarship happens over time and through prolonged discourses
Learners will have an opportunity to understand:

  • Scholarly Conversation spans time and formats
  • As a learner we enter into a conversation which may never be finished
  • What it takes to participate in a Scholarly Conversation and the role of referencing and citation
  • Their role as learners in such conversations at appropriate level
  • Identify the contribution of books, articles, data, theses etc to Scholarly Converations
  • That systems privilege authorities and that not having a fluency in the language and process of a discipline disempowers their ability to participate and engage

This will be based on topics relevant to your programme of study, and includes hands-on searching.
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