ERIC Number: ED365173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-4
Reference Count: N/A
Comments and Replies: Academic Conversations. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Silverman, Robert J.
This paper uses an epistemological framework to address the nature of the interactions among authors and responders in professional journals in the context of how such dialog affects the "states-of-the arts." It articulates the rhetorical strategies in four logics-in-use relating to posited epistemological domains, as well as "validating" the framework in which these domains are explicated. The study surveyed approximately 350 journals in many fields for evidence of comments and critical reactions associated with regular publication and identified 21 such papers. Papers were placed into four contexts of knowing, based on variations of the concepts of regulativeness and constitutiveness of both the knowledge base and of the community. These differences are then labeled as either: (1) methodological correctness and paradigmatic appropriateness, (2) contention and fortification, (3) interpretive appropriateness, or (4) "collective integrity." Study findings suggest that such professional dialog works to maintain and reproduce the logic of the various knowledge contexts, so that while the subject matter written about changes, how the dialog proceeds remains the same over time. An appendix lists the 21 journal articles examined. (Contains 11 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (18th, Pittsburgh, PA, November 4-7, 1993).