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Dr. Katrin Girgensohn: Research collaboration on institutional work of writing center teams in Sweden, Ireland and Germany

Projektleitung Dr. Katrin Girgensohn
ProjektmitarbeiterInnen Gina Henry
Time span 04/2018
Fakultät Zentrum für Schlüsselkompetenzen
Lehrstuhl Schreibzentrum

Zusammenfassung

Based on a model of institutional work of writing center directors (Girgensohn 2017), this collaboration will examine how writing center teams in Sweden (Gothenburg University), Ireland (University of Limerick) and Germany (European University Viadrina) conduct institutional work in their writing centers. Institutional work is defined as “purposive action of individuals and organizations aimed at creating, maintaining and disrupting institutions” (Lawrence & Suddaby 2006, 215). According to Girgensohn’s research, institutional work in writing centers includes specific strategic action fields and uses collaborative learning as a tool to interact with stakeholders.

Research questions

The research collaboration asks how the local actors interact in their writing centers, with whom they interact and in which strategic action fields, related to teaching, learning, research and writing.

Methods

Actors of all three universities will visit each other’s’ centers to learn more about them and gain insights about strategic action fields and the ways of interacting with stakeholders.

One method of data gathering and analyzing will be a kind of “fishbowl” as a special form of focus group (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbowl_(conversation). The overall approach is explorative, oriented towards grounded theory methodology in the way that the first findings will influence the data gathering of the next visits.

Abstract

Based on a model of institutional work of writing center directors (Girgensohn 2017), this collaboration will examine how writing center teams in Sweden (Gothenburg University), Ireland (University of Limerick) and Germany (European University Viadrina) conduct institutional work in their writing centers. Institutional work is defined as “purposive action of individuals and organizations aimed at creating, maintaining and disrupting institutions” (Lawrence & Suddaby 2006, 215). According to Girgensohn’s research, institutional work in writing centers includes specific strategic action fields and uses collaborative learning as a tool to interact with stakeholders. Research questions The research collaboration asks how the local actors interact in their writing centers, with whom they interact and in which strategic action fields, related to teaching, learning, research and writing. Methods Actors of all three universities will visit each other’s’ centers to learn more about them and gain insights about strategic action fields and the ways of interacting with stakeholders. One method of data gathering and analyzing will be a kind of “fishbowl” as a special form of focus group (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbowl_(conversation). The overall approach is explorative, oriented towards grounded theory methodology in the way that the first findings will influence the data gathering of the next visits.

Kooperation

Internationales Projekt Ja
Internationales Kooperationsprojekt Gothenburg University Sweden, University of Limerick, Ireland