ERIC Number: ED264554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Merging Discovery and Control: New Approaches to Persuasion and Argumentation.
Singley, Carol J.; Stockton, Kathryn B.
One new approach to argumentative writing in an advanced composition course uses the creative juxtaposition of rhetorical and psychological theories and behavioristic research. All of the assignments for the course simulate the kinds of writing actually performed in the professional fields of advertising, politics, business, law, and religion. Instead of writing academic papers, students gain genuine preprofessional and interdisciplinary experience by writing the ads, speeches, reports, or legal arguments that would be expected of them were they employed in these respective fields. Persuasion and argumentation are viewed as a continuum of discourse, persuasion being more closely related to the control end of the continuum, argumentation more closely related to the discovery end. The course begins with a focus on persuasion and the theoretical background of Aristotle. This is enhanced with a study of modern psychological theory. Following a study of political persuasion, the course shifts to the forms of persuasion and argumentation that are found in legal, religious, and philosophical writing. Finally, the course considers how religious/philosophical persuasion is almost ideally suited for merging discovery and control--because religious/philosophical questions are largely unanswerable, every time the persuader re-enters the persuasive process, he or she is engaged once more in discovery with the audience. (The appendix includes outlines of three assignments given in the course and a short list of references.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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