Collaborative writing to enhance cross-cultural understanding within the academy

Brien, Donna Lee & Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2015) Collaborative writing to enhance cross-cultural understanding within the academy. Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research, 1(1).

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and implementation of a research writing workshop for postgraduate students. The workshop was developed to respond to two key issues currently on the agenda in Australia’s universities: a push to embed Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum, and a desire to develop creative works as quality research outputs. The workshop was carefully designed to provide opportunities for participants to practise and improve their writing; develop transferable writing skills; develop a culturally safe environment where Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians could work together; provide a place to practise collaborative writing and collaborative facilitating; and provide an opportunity to develop a publication-ready, creative writing piece that was co-developed by participants. In this paper, the authors provide an overview of the literature relevant to Indigenizing a workshop curriculum and reflect on the genre of Indigenous writing in Australia. They also discuss the literature relevant to their collaboration as both writers and facilitators. They conclude that the workshop processes contributed to building a relationship of collaboration and trust between the facilitators and participants, and that these processes directly contributed to the successful workshop outcomes.

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ID Code: 91612
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, QUT and a Member of the ISRN, QUT. She is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.
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Keywords: Creative writing, Collaboration, Indigenous perspectives, Indigenising the Curriculum, Curriculum, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, HERN
ISSN: 2058-5535
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 National Association of Writers in Education
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2016 00:53
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2016 21:49

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