Threshold practices: becoming a student through academic literacies

Lesley Gourlay
2009 London Review of Education  
Student transitions into the university are often conceived of via an apprentice-type model, or as entrance into a 'community of practice'. This paper disputes the applicability of these models to the indeterminate and opaque nature of student experiences of academic writing, and proposes that emotional destabilization and struggles around identity are a normal part of both transitions and writing. With reference to student text/visual journals and in-depth interviews, it argues for extending
more » ... ues for extending the notion of 'threshold concepts', proposing academic literacies as 'threshold practices' which can lead to a reinforced sense of identity as a student. It concludes with implications for practice.
doi:10.1080/14748460903003626 fatcat:dswhyj2b4fcejikxkeky4sl3ky