ERIC Number: ED402579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Professing Professionalism: The Psychological Dilemma of the Student-to-Professional Peer Conversion Process.
Moore, Bryan L.
For the author, becoming an English instructor places him on the horns of a dilemma: how may those who have identified themselves as students in the past begin to identify themselves as professional peers? Is it an attitude that comes naturally through writing term papers; reading the scholarship of the field; contributing to participating conferences; trying to publish; working through and appropriating other rhetoric? In short, is professionalism merely a designation or is it an attitude? Some of the basic concepts of composition and rhetorical theory can be put to use in entertaining the question. Consider the question of audience when applying for a job: parttime or fulltime? Naturally, the applicant wants to learn as much as possible about his or her potential employer and wants to conduct him- or herself in a manner that will seem attractive to the employer. From poststructuralist rhetoric, the new professional can learn to problematize the virgule between student and teacher. The teaching professional may always want to be a student of sorts, a person who continues learning indefinitely, not only through professional activity but also through interaction with students. (Contains 20 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (47th, Milwaukee, WI, March 27-30, 1996).