Sources of Confusion: Refereed proceedings of the National Language and Academic Skills Conference held at La Trobe University Nov 27-28, 2000.

Extract From the "Call for papers":
Students are referred to LAS advisers for help with developing their skills in expression, essay structure, referencing, etc. Much of our time, however, is occupied with helping students to interpret the assignments and marking comments they receive, and advising them how to seek clarification from their tutors. What is confusing about university study? Is the confusion random, or can we identify patterns? When we do, how can we help to clear up the confusion? Do we work with tutors, students, or both?

"Talking points:
Differences between school and university
The nature of academic discourse
Differences between disciplines
Framing and language of assignments
Tutors' Feedback on students' work
Different cultural expectations
Students' preconceptions
Interpretations of tasks
Positioned between tutors and students, we are well placed to discover why so much that passes between them is misunderstood."

144 people attended; 53 papers were presented; 32 are included in the Proceedings.

Publication Source Information
Author/s: 
Kate Chanock
Year of publication: 
2001
Place of publication; Publisher: 
Melbourne: Language and Academic Skills Units of La Trobe University.
Editor/s: 
Kate Chanock
ISSN/ISBN: 
1-86446-572-7
URL or DOI: 
http://www.aall.org.au/conferences
Contact details
Email: 
c.chanock@latrobe.edu.au
Contactable: 
Yes