ERIC Number: ED374679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Hierarchical Collaboration in the Revision of Text: Constructing Perceptions of Editorial Conferences in the News Laboratory.
This study of editorial conferences in a university news laboratory examined the connections between dialogues about revision and the interpretations of dialogues by reporters and the editor in this journalism culture. The editorial conferences of two reporters with varying experience in publication and employment settings were analyzed, and the analysis was triangulated with interviews. In addition, seven other reporters were interviewed in order to interpret the editorial conferences as meaning-producing events in this culture. In order to describe the degree of engagement of reporters in conference dialogue, the discourse was analyzed for topic initiation and elaboration and speech acts, including elicitation, response, reaction. The cases and interviews suggest that collaboration and negotiation facilitate construction of alternate text choices and socialization of students in this discourse community. However, student interpretation of the editorial conference varies across four factors: the appropriateness of disagreement, the nature of the writing process, the objectives of the lab, and the degree of self-confidence of the learner. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).