ERIC Number: ED247555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rhetoric and Problem-Solving Strategies in Advanced Composition: A Pluralistic Approach.
One pluralistic method for teaching advanced composition reflects the approaches of two texts: Linda Flower's "Problem-Solving Strategies for Writing" and Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secor's "A Rhetoric of Argument." Such an approach combines the practical tasks of arguing for consensus proposals with functional rather than formalistic rhetorical methods. One strength of the Fahnestock and Secor book is their opening discussion on thesis and support. They point to kinds of support and what can go wrong, specifically covering the needs to address feasibility and to anticipate refutations. In a subsequent chapter they cover the issues of ethos, voice, moderation, and disclaimers. The most important aspect of Flower's text is her emphasis on Rogerian argument. This stresses the actual world necessity of compromise to achieve mutually satisfactory goals. Thus, both texts can be combined effectively in making assignments for proposals that are tailored to the students' interests: one classifies and functionally analyzes the types of argument, the other emphasizes achieving consensus and shared goals. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Advanced Composition; Writing Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York, NY, March 29-31, 1984).