ERIC Number: ED271788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-14
Leading Students to Recognize Writing as an Ethical Act.
McCleary, William J.
Ethical issues make writing assignments more than academic exercises, especially when the ethical issues involve the writing itself. Such issues arise in every aim and mode of discourse and in every stage of the writing process, from choosing a topic to editing the final draft. Informative discourse must be factual and comprehensive, and have surprise value; readers have the right to know the facts and to be given a full treatment of the subject without sensationalism. The three ethical issues of scientific discourse are definitions, evidence, and rules of interpretation. Each segment of the scientific community has conventions that are understood and followed, and violations are considered unethical. Exploratory discourse involves raising a question, searching for a new answer, and testing the new answer. In this instance, the ethical issue is the need to understand the original paradigm before searching for a new one. Most writing demands constant ethical decisions and students must be taught this to appreciate this aspect of writing. (SRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 13-15, 1986).