It’s always a pleasure : exploring productivity and pleasure in a writing group for early career academics

Dwyer, Angela E., Lewis, Bridget, McDonald, Fiona, & Burns, Marcelle J. (2012) It’s always a pleasure : exploring productivity and pleasure in a writing group for early career academics. Studies in Continuing Education, 34(2), pp. 129-144.

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The professional development needs of early career academics (ECAs) are increasingly subject to scrutiny. The literature notes writing groups can be successful in increasing research outputs and improving research track records – a core concern for ECAs. However, the pressure on ECAs to publish takes the pleasure out of writing for many. We argue writing groups, created by and for ECAs, can provide an environment for ECAs to (re)produce pleasure in writing and participation in the processes of academic review and debate. In addition, our experience of a writing group was that it provided a platform of social and emotional support contributing to our personal well-being and professional development.

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ID Code: 52911
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: writing groups, early career academics, pleasure, productivity, professional development
DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2011.580734
ISSN: 0158-037X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Studies in Continuing Education © 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Studies in Continuing Education is available online at:
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2012 22:25
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 16:40

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