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Actualidades Investigativas en Educación

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SAVIO, Karina. Reading and writing: a study of university students social representations. Rev. Actual. Investig. Educ [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.233-259. ISSN 1409-4703.

In this paper, we intend to describe and analyze the social representations of a group of students from the Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche, of Argentina, with the aim to enquire how these students perceive themselves as readers and writers and how they conceive these academic practices. We consider that these imaginary constructions affect the actual work of students and their university studies, so it is necessary to operate on them. To this end, we elaborated a survey with open questions and we have used this instrument in 303 new students and in 171 students that concluded their first year of study. The purpose of applying a questionnaire in two different temporal moments was to evaluate the continuities and ruptures about these practices conceptions. Reading and writing in higher education are two practices that, in recent decades, have been examined by numerous studies within the academia. From the results we have obtained, we observe, on the one hand, that, at the end of the academic year, certain representations and practices related to reading and writing persist and, on the other, that singularities characteristics of the academic process emerge, in which the student, as an academic training subject, begins to join the university discourse community.

Keywords : Social Representations; Reading; Writing; Higher Education; Argentina.

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