It’s learning development, Jim - but not as we know it: academic literacies in third-space

Sandra Abegglen, Tom Burns, Sandra Sinfield


This paper maps our experience of conceptualising and teaching an interdisciplinary first-year undergraduate ‘Higher Education Orientation’ module against the seminal paper written by Lea and Street in 1998. We argue for third spaces within the curriculum and for practices that re-imagine what education is and what the university could be.


learning development; Third Space; academic literacies; widening participation; higher education

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ISSN: 1759-667X