Challenging the productivity mantra: academic writing with spirit in place

Johnson, Laurel, Roitman, Sonia, Morgan, Ann and MacLeod, Jason (2017) Challenging the productivity mantra: academic writing with spirit in place. Higher Education Research and Development, 36 6: 1181-1193. doi:10.1080/07294360.2017.1300140

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Author Johnson, Laurel
Roitman, Sonia
Morgan, Ann
MacLeod, Jason
Title Challenging the productivity mantra: academic writing with spirit in place
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8366
Publication date 2017-03-16
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2017.1300140
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 36
Issue 6
Start page 1181
End page 1193
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract Academic writing groups aim to improve the quality and/or the rate of academic publications. In this article, the authors reflect on a writing group with academic and non-academic members that evolved over two years to uphold a deeper and arguably spiritual purpose. The group commenced with the aim of increasing its members' publication rates, but it developed to be a safe space for members to search for meaning as part of a fellowship of writers. This transition was based in the members’ shared commitment to social justice values and individual concerns to generate meaningful research and writing experiences. The group’s distinct processes, the shared values of its members and the site of the group meetings in a socially stigmatised community, all work to deepen its purpose beyond academic productivity. Though the group functions to strengthen individual and group norms that contribute to academic productivity, emergent norms and the fellowship of the writers foster a spiritual dimension in the group. This exploration of the spiritual dimension of a writing group adds to the long list of benefits of fellowship through academic writing groups.
Keyword Academic writing group
Academic writing
Community of practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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