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Agency as Discursive Practice: Taking Up a Position as an International Student

Kettle, Margaret A. (2004) Agency as Discursive Practice: Taking Up a Position as an International Student. In Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer & Jervis-Tracey, Paula (Eds.) Crossing boundaries: Perspectives across paradigms in educational research. Australian Academic Press, Brisbane, pp. 89-113.

Abstract

The focus of this chapter is a Thai international student named Woody and the methods he uses to respond to the demands of his Master of Education program in Australia. Agency provides the interpretive lens in this discussion as an attempt to account for the strategic ways in which Woody engages with the discourses and practices in one of his university courses. I explore agency as it manifests in interviews conducted with Woody in his first semester of study. My analysis is guided by the model of critical discourse analysis (CDA) developed by Fairclough (2001b). CDA assumes a link between the linguistic and semiotic features of a text and the social context in which it exists. As such, the transcripts of my interviews with Woody can be viewed as repositories of the traces of textual, social, institutional and global practices that have impacted on his study experience. Through this analysis I hope to highlight how Woody, operating within this context, shapes his transition to an Australian academic subject through a program of agentive action.

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ID Code: 8092
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the author: m.kettle@qut.edu.au
Keywords: international education, Australian universities, international students, postgraduate study, student identity, student agency, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
ISBN: 1-8753-7853-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > English as a Second Language (200303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Academic Press.
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:30

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