ERIC Number: ED313700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Social Context and Socially Constructed Texts: The Initiation of a Graduate Student into a Writing Research Community. Technical Report No. 33.
Berkenkotter, Carol; And Others
A study examined a number of concepts drawn from recent research on the social contexts of writing as it is conducted in academic and professional communities to determine how novice writers learn the rhetorical and linguistic conventions that constitute specialized, disciplinary literacy. These concepts were applied to a close inspection of three texts written over an 18-month period by an adult writer, Nate, entering a research community within a doctoral program at a major university. The texts chosen for analysis were introductions to end-of-term project reports which, written in the first three semesters, served as milestones in that they represented the culmination of a semester's thinking on a given research topic and the writer's compiled linguistic and substantive knowledge in his new discipline. The study suggests that the changes occurring over time and the linguistic and rhetorical features of these texts can be seen as indicators of this student's initiation into a disciplinary subspecialty. (One figure and one table of data are included; 42 references are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Writing, Berkeley, CA.; Center for the Study of Writing, Pittsburgh, PA.