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Dr Amy Burgess

Formerly at Lancaster University

Amy Burgess


Membership of Professional Organisations

Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL)British Association of Applied Linguistics

Recent Publications

Burgess A (forthcoming) 'The Use of Space-time to Construct Identity and Context' to appear in Ethnography and Education Vol 5 (1)

Burgess A (forthcoming) 'Doing Time: an exploration of timescapes in literacy learning and research' to appear in Language and Education

Burgess A and Ivanic R (2010) 'Writing and Being Written: issues of identity across timescales' Written Communication 27 (2) 228-255

Burgess A, Hamilton M and Ivanic R (2009) 'Functional Literacy: new idea or d�j� vu?' RaPAL Journal 67 pp25-29

Burgess A (2008) The Literacy Practices of Recording Achievement: how a text mediates between the local and the global. Journal of Education Policy 23 (1) 49-62

Grief S, Meyer W and Burgess A (2007) Effective Teaching and Learning: Writing London: NRDC (National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy)

Burgess A (2005) Linking Research and Practice: using new concepts to understand learning and teaching in an adult literacy classroom RaPAL Journal 56: 31-37

Burgess A (2004) New Discourses, New Identities: a study of writing and learning in adult literacy education Literacy and Numeracy Studies 13 (2): 41-62

Research Interests

I work in the Department of Educational Research and the Literacy Research Centre http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/ . My main research interests are

  • literacy in adult life, both within and outside educational settings;
  • writing as a social practice, particularly issues of writing and identity
  • uunderstanding learning as a temporal process

From 2008-2009 I held an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Educational Research Department at Lancaster and before this I was employed by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) as a researcher. I completed my Ph.D. thesis Discourses and Identities in Adult literacy Classes: time, networks, texts and other artefacts in the Linguistics Department at Lancaster in September 2007.

Having spent 10 years as an adult literacy tutor, I have a strong commitment to linking research and practice and am currently Chair of the national network Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL) http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/rapal/ .

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