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ERIC Number: ED371377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 16
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Collaboration, Consensus, and "Dissoi Logoi."
Morris, Kerri K.; Mead, Dana Gulling
Noting that the paper might never have been completed if the authors had not used Dissoi Logoi to allow themselves to disagree and converse on paper, this paper suggests that consensus in collaborative writing happens but that forced consensus is a bad influence on imaginative scholars. Written in a "double voice," this paper highlights some moments in the history of the social constructionist practice of collaborative learning, suggests some theoretical and practical answers to the problem of consensus, and discusses the authors' processes of composing. The paper does not project a single authorial voice, nor does it hide the disagreements and conflicts two people find when writing together "or that one person naturally finds when writing alone." The paper identifies two voices: a straight voice that is at home in normal type "and that contains single ideas, specifically stated" and a comic "or commentating" voice whose entrance is indicated in bold italic type "and that contains many ideas not necessarily clearly focused." Using as an example the writing of this paper, the paper shows how disensus and the process of Dissoi Logoi, rather than consensus, can characterize collaborative writing. Contains 16 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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