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Alison Twiner
Open University
46Publications
12H-index
397Citations
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In this paper, we discuss the nature of interdisciplinarity and, in particular, the ways that interdisciplinary working is enacted in TEL Research. Following a design-based research approach, a common TEL methodological approach, we identified how interdisciplinarity facilitated the research team to address a wicked problem, fostered dialogue between researchers in different disciplines and stakeholders in the research through the lifetime of the project and facilitated the creation of new meani...
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#1Teresa CreminH-Index: 16
#2Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
Teachers, Arvon tutors and the Craft of Writing research team all enjoyed a return to Lumb Bank for the second set of Craft of Writing residentials in January – and across the three groups fought off the challenges of snow and a broken boiler, making the weekends quite different to June memories of sunshine and the World Cup! During this time the teachers continued their journeys as writers and wrote in workshops and their own free time, refining and revising their writing. They also shared thei...
Within the profession of social work, the production and use of written texts is a high-stakes activity, playing a central role in all decisions around providing services for people, and at the same time used to evaluate social workers’ professional competence. Writing of all kinds pervades everyday social work practice, varying from case notes to inter-departmental emails to formal assessment reports. Despite the ‘writing-intensive’ nature of the profession (Lillis, Leedham & Twiner, in press),...
#1Theresa LillisH-Index: 20
#2Maria LeedhamH-Index: 5
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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Social work writing, often referred to as ‘recording’ or ‘paperwork’, is frequently the target of criticism in reviews and public media reporting. However, despite the many criticisms made and its significance in social work practice, little empirical research has been carried out on professional social work writing. This paper draws on findings from an ESRC-funded study in the UK to offer a baseline characterization of the nature and function of writing in contemporary social work. Drawing on t...
The profession of social work has become increasingly ‘writing intensive’ in recent decades, yet little empirical research has been carried out on the nature of this writing. This paper describes and explores the 1 million word corpus compiled as part of the ESRC-funded study ‘Writing in professional social work practice in a changing communicative landscape’ (WiSP http://www.writinginsocialwork.com), outlining the challenges involved in collecting and anonymising hard-to-reach texts from social...
#1Mimi Tatlow-GoldenH-Index: 7
#2Alison Twiner (Ulster University)H-Index: 12
Last.Moira DeanH-Index: 22
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YouTube is rising to become one of the most widely used media by children today with the 2017 Media Uses and Attitudes Ofcom report indicating that half of children in the UK aged 3-4 years and over eight of ten children and young people aged 5 to 15 years using this platform. In digital media, children are widely exposed to advertising but the effects of this on their health and well-being have rarely been explored. Yet strong evidence exists for effects of broadcast marketing communications on...
#1Victoria CooperH-Index: 1
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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Health professionals are recognising more and more that media have a substantial influence on the health of young people. Unhealthy food advertising can contribute to childhood obesity. Many strategies have been used to address the effects of media on health, as for example regulating media content, and restricting children’s media use. Media and health literacy education are alternatives to these restrictions, as they offer programmes to educate children and young people. Health/media literacy ...
#1Maria LeedhamH-Index: 5
#2Theresa LillisH-Index: 20
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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#1Denise Whitelock (OU: Open University)H-Index: 20
#2Alison Twiner (OU: Open University)H-Index: 12
Last.Stephen Pulman (University of Oxford)H-Index: 29
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This paper reports on an essay-writing study using a technical system that has been developed to generate automated feedback on academic essays. The system operates through the combination of a linguistic analysis engine, which processes the text in the essay, and a web application that uses the output of the linguistic analysis engine to generate the feedback. In this paper we focus on one particular visual representation produced by the system, namely “rainbow diagrams”. Using the concept of a...
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#1Theresa LillisH-Index: 20
#2Maria LeedhamH-Index: 5
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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The production of written texts is a high-stakes activity in professional social work, playing a central role in all decisions about services and simultaneously used to evaluate social workers’ professional competence. Social work writing (often referred to as ‘recording’ or ‘paperwork’) is frequently the target of criticism in reviews and public media reporting. Despite the many criticisms made and its significance in social work practice, little empirical research has been carried out on the n...
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