Part I. Overview: 1. The role of student writing in university degree programmes (prior research, importance, approach to study); 2. Families of genres of assessed writing (including tables indicating distribution of genre families and genres across disciplines and years of study); Part II. Functions of University Student Writing: 3. Understanding and explaining (explanations, exercise); 4. Developing arguments (critiques, essays); 5. Preparing for professional practice (case studies, problem questions, design specifications, proposals); 6. Developing research skills (literature surveys, methodology recounts, research reports); Part III. University Student Writing and Personal Development: 7. The role of reflection; 8. Creativity and contextual metaphor ((narrative recounts and empathy writing); Conclusion: tradition and innovation in university student writing; References; Index (including references to the disciplines represented in the BAWE corpus).
Genres across the Disciplines presents cutting edge, corpus-based research into student writing in higher education.