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The purpose of this paper is to explore whether a weblog (blog) has the potential to build on the types of notes students (and practitioners) take in the course of their practice (i.e. in the sketchbooks, etc.) in order to prepare and improve the students’ academic writing.

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Developing Academic Writing Skills in Art and Design through Blogging 

Developing Academic Writing Skills 85 Developing Academic Writing Skills in Art and Design through Blogging

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Abstract 

In the creative disciplines of Art and Design, students need to develop the ability to critically assess and put into words what they feel, think and know about their working practices (and by extension their work). The careful development of the transition between knowing instinctively, thinking and writing is well established in the literature (e.g. Schön 1983 and 1987, and Biggs 2004), but only little has been done to integrate this into the Higher Education curriculum using writing as a tool for making the reflection explicit. In order to find out whether exploratory writing in the form of blog posts has the potential to allow Art and Design students to develop their academic practice, a small scale pilot…

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