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Interdisciplinary collaborative writing for publication with exiled academics: the nature of relational expertise

Heron, Marion, Parkinson, Tom, Alajaj, Nidal, Khuder, Baraa (2020) Interdisciplinary collaborative writing for publication with exiled academics: the nature of relational expertise. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, . ISSN 0305-7925. E-ISSN 1469-3623. (doi:10.1080/03057925.2020.1845953) (KAR id:84219)

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Abstract

This paper aims to provide insight and guidance for developing and leading interdisciplinary collaborative writing groups when working with researchers in Centre–Periphery contexts. The participants in this study were exiled Syrian academics domiciled in Turkey working in interdisciplinary project groups with their UK-Turkey-based academic mentors and UK-based workshop leaders. The groups were at the writing for publication stage of the project. In exploring the processes involved in writing in such groups, the study identified a key dimension to successful collaborative writing – that of relational expertise. The study found that authorial identity played a significant role in the process of writing and that relational expertise was evidenced through confidence in knowledge, positive attitudes to others’ knowledge and willingness to negotiate. We argue that explicit articulation of authorial identity and power differences are necessary first steps in establishing interdisciplinary collaborative writing groups in Centre–Periphery contexts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1845953
Uncontrolled keywords: Syrian academics; Centre–Periphery; collaborative writing; relational expertise; authorial identity
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Signature Themes: Migration and Movement
Depositing User: Thomas Parkinson
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 18:06 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84219 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Parkinson, Tom: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0990-9507
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