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

  • Sandra Abegglen Independent Academic
  • Tom Burns London Metropolitan University
  • Sandra Sinfield London Metropolitan University
Keywords: learning development, Third Space, academic literacies, widening participation, higher education


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.