ERIC Number: ED332222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
Voice and the Collaborative Essay.
The collaborative student essay invites exploration of various points of view in multiple voices. The co-written essay brings out language's heteroglossic richness, as shown by the students' collaborative writing experiences in a college writing class. Students worked within the frames of two assignments: (1) an analysis of a text or trend; and (2) an exploration of a minority group to which none of the writers belonged. Because the latter assignment required interviews, it involved dialogue not only between the members of the co-writing group, but between the group and interviewees. In response to questionnaires, the students projected a view of voice as static and best not changed. When asked to socially create or alter their knowledge, and with that their voices, students felt dissatisfied. The students disliked exploratory essays because the essays did not require writers to support a single point of view, but rather to explore multiple approaches to an issue. Because they felt oppressed by the multiple voices, the students often rejected essay form in favor of a research paper approach with a dull academic voice. The intensity of co-writing awakened students to a different view of voice. Students noted the need to consider others' views and to investigate their own thinking processes. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).