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ERIC Number: ED410576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing It Up: A Dialogic Reflection on the Construction of Meaning in Language.
Gruber, Sibylle
This paper draws on research that was conducted in a computer-mediated basic writing class taught during the Fall of 1994--the study focused on how computer mediated communication influences students' discourse strategies. The paper discusses how the act of "writing up" a research report constructed the subjectivity of the researcher and one of her participants who were instructor and student in a basic writing class that included contentious synchronous and asynchronous discussions on date rape, gender, and race issues. In the paper, the female participant, who was emotionally and professionally invested in the online discussion, shares her uneasiness about being "written up" and potentially misrepresented. The paper also discusses how the researcher's position as an instructor and a participant in the discussions influenced her analysis and interpretation of the data, leading to a constructed and partial perception of reality. It shows how the information provided by the participant and the language used by the researcher to describe the participant's interactions necessarily resulted in a construction of meaning characterized at least partially by subjectivity and conflicting agendas. The paper concludes by addressing the "shifting, multiple, and contradictory positions" occupied by researcher and participant and by identifying the possible ethical dilemmas resulting from incorporating these positions into the text. (Contains nine references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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