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ERIC Number: ED421699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-2
Pages: 15
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Telling Stories of Academic Discourse: Narrating Its Acquisition and Analyzing Its Effects.
Jones, Donald C.
A writing teacher who teachers first-year college writing proposes a "different" approach to the teaching of academic discourse. It is an approach that includes the production of academic discourse and rhetorical analysis yet enables students to examine and often resolve their resistance against academic discourse. Through a critical examination of their acquisition of academic discourse and its effects upon them, students often learn to blur the boundary between the personal and the academic. The instructor began teaching the conflict over academic discourse by soliciting samples of academic writing from the students. Students then considered the ways in which the three academic texts were similar to and different from the personal essays they had written during the first weeks of the term. Students then read several published texts on the issue and wrote responses that focused on specific points of agreement, disagreement or uncertainty for themselves in relation to the texts. The aspect of academic discourse that created the greatest controversy was the issue of specialized terms. To conclude the sequence, students read an excerpt from Mike Rose's "Lives on the Boundaries" and wrote an essay about "academic discourse" in response to the class discussions, their classmates' written reactions, and the published scholars' opinions. By exploring, articulating, and discussing their beliefs about academic writing, the students were actually practicing the composition of academic discourse. (Contains 11 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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