ERIC Number: ED374451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Negotiations in Community Literacy: Conflict in Community Collaboration. The Writing of Arguments across Diverse Contexts. Study 3. Final Report.
Flower, Linda; Deems, Julia
Part of an account of a community experiment in Pittsburgh trying to address the contested issue of landlords and tenants through explicitly rhetorical strategies for planning and deliberation, a study focused on conflict and how community collaboration handled difference. Four subjects, landlords and/or tenants who represented a range of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, met for four sessions to explore the causes of landlord/tenant conflicts while representing either a landlord or tenant perspective (as opposed to articulating only their personal beliefs). Subjects were asked to use their analyses and discussions to write a "memorandum of understanding" that could be used as a tool for action. Each session was recorded on audiotape and videotape, and subjects recorded"self-interviews" and participate in a final interview. Results indicated that, knowingly or unknowingly, members of the group used a variety of strategies to transform how their ideas were received by other members of the group. These rhetorical strategies were successful in ensuring that voices were heard. For this group, reaching consensus meant reaching a point where conflicts are hidden to create a solid foundation for moving to action. Findings suggest that the process observed was not a consensus building process, but a constructive one which gave rise to active strategies for negotiating the conflicts the process raised. (Contains 13 references, 7 notes, and one figure of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, Berkeley, CA.