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ERIC Number: ED387810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-25
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The Undergraduate Research Paper: Teaching Ethical Relationships.
Haas, Molly Flaherty
In the writing classroom, the instructor appears to be the mediator, recognizing the contributions of each required text and of each student, whether in class discussions or written assignments. Undergraduate college students usually regard mediating in whatever style as the instructor's task, not their own. But in the research paper assignment, the student must mediate. When students become student writers, each must relate with several, even numerous, others at once and also influence those others' relations with each other. A diagram illustrates the complex web of relationships between the student and her teachers, her research sources, her audience and her research participants. Many scholars who look at undergraduate research papers restrict their attention to one aspect of relationships with published sources, the rules for avoiding plagiarism, but this concern alone is not enough. The relationship with other writers also includes the responsibility not to distort or demean the written work of others. Students must also consider a code of ethics in the relationships they form to those that they are researching--their research participants; the student research paper today often involves interviews with sources in person. Finally, the student's relationship to his/her audience usually begins with the teacher. A teacher who is responsible in relating to published sources and caring in mediating among student voices in the classroom can serve as a model. (Contains 36 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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