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ERIC Number: ED436784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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A Pragmatist Approach to Academic Discourse: Teaching the Conflict over "Stuffy B.S."
Jones, Donald
This paper advocates a pragmatist approach to teaching the composition of academic discourse. It discusses teaching directly the conflicting positions of academic discourse as elitist jargon or as key to advanced conceptualization. The suggested pedagogical method involves the examination of academic discourse in general, and the procedure of having each student investigate the discursive practices of his or her particular major. It concludes that: (1) the primary concern of students was what they perceived as the implied submissiveness of the audience to academic discourse; (2) engaging students in the conflict encouraged them to confront and understand the difficulties they felt; and (3) through their engagement in and representation of this conflict, students were taught to utilize and participate in academic discourse. Contains 20 references. (EF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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