ERIC Number: ED399569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Risk Communication in the Cultural Studies Composition Classroom. ERIC Digest.
Ryan, Cynthia A.
Defining risk communication as the "interactive process of exchange of information and opinion among individuals, groups, and institutions,...involving multiple messages about the nature of risk," this Digest argues that risk communication has much to offer instructors of cultural studies composition who want to revive students' sense of personal risk in the discursive practices of their culture. The Digest outlines how to introduce risk communication into the cultural studies composition classroom, and the opportunities it offers to students, including: (1) allowing students to choose topics of real risk for study; (2) encouraging students to study issues that matter to them, issues that they feel represent real risk in their lives; (3) teaching students to decipher risk messages and leading them to study stories of blame by critiquing data and language used to construct stereotypes about certain members of society; (4) encouraging students to situate themselves in discursive practices; and (5) providing students with the tools for participating in the public sector. The Digest concludes that through the study of risk communication in cultural studies composition, students can be taught methodologies that will enable them to participate in society as more informed, productive citizens. (NKA)
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Context, Discourse Communities, Higher Education, Persuasive Discourse, Political Issues, Risk, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th Street, Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.