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ERIC Number: ED358463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Robin Hood in His Sherwood Forest: Audience, Gender and a Freshman Bulletin Board.
Allen, Michael S.
A composition instructor offered as extra credit an electronic bulletin board (part of a campus-wide electronic network) to a composition class at Northwest Missouri State University. The teacher limited his own participation as much as possible. The electronic bulletin board (bbs) was used by about half the class, with much of the other half reading it. One student in particular, "Robin Hood," became the ad hoc authority on the bbs. Other students respected his commitment to the network, his openness and expressiveness, his helpfulness to other students on the network, and his willingness to place all his prewriting and drafting on the network. Student participation on the network was impressive, but the interpersonal relationships of the network were strained by the expressiveness which Robin Hood's own rhetorical style encouraged. At one point, late in the semester, the heightened rhetoric and argument (based on Robin's proposal to place all hardened criminals in one location and leave them to their own devices) scared some students on the network and nearly destroyed the network itself. Robin was caught in what seems a clear gender-related issue: he did not want to give up his positions, nor did he want to exercise too much authority. Balance was only reestablished when "Bess" asserted herself and helped the men stop the violence. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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