Graduation Date

Spring 2022

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Applied English Studies

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Janelle Adsit

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Kimberly Stelter

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Academic research and research-writing are increasingly being recognized across disciplines as social and collaborative processes, involving many different voices and perspectives in the negotiation of meaning. However, within the context of the university classroom, research is often framed as an individualized process where students learn and perform research skills as single authors. This project approaches this discrepancy with a critical eye towards change by introducing digital spaces as a tool for reframing student perceptions of academic research. A selected review of literature is offered, which touches on topics such as critical research pedagogy, language varieties and language-play, multimodality and genres for “valid” scholarship, social capital and emotional risk-taking, and the importance of incorporating lived experiences in student research spaces. Also introduced is a digital prototype space which was informed by the scholarship reviewed here. This digital space is designed to help us visualize how collaborative approaches might be scaffolded in order to help university students perceive academic research as a social and engaging process involving many voices and interwoven identities.

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