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ERIC Number: ED377515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 15
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Genre as a Strategic Resource.
Lemke, J. L.
The goal of genre theory is to construct useful similarities between different texts. It is the meaning-making practices of a community, and particularly its system of intertextuality that determine which possible similarities will count as significant. Whether educators approach genre as a rule or a resource is a moral choice. Rules restrict, determine, and prescribe. Resources empower. What distinguishes a rule from a resource is that a rule is given to the user, not to be altered by him or her, whereas a resource comes under the power of the user. In this sense, the study of genre does not restrict so much as it empowers. Communication and database interfaces, program conventions, e-mail genres, bulletin board genres, multi-user domains, hypertext navigation, hypermedia authoring--it is not too soon for educators to start thinking about the multimedia genres of these new communications media. They must identify and analyze the essential skills of multimedia literacy. They must also give some thought to the problem of the narrative. Narrative is not a genre in itself, as it is far too general; it could be more accurately described as a discourse strategy. Finally, genre studies raise interesting alternatives between genre-based literacy instruction (popular in Australia) and whole language instruction. While the former is more analytical and less intuitive, the latter is more creative and less critical. (Contains 35 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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