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ERIC Number: ED441245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-13
Pages: 12
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Reconfiguring Service: The Ethical Grounding for Instruction in Composition and Rhetoric.
Byars, Stephen M.
This paper aims to demonstrate that a willing recourse to service does not reduce instructors' stature on campus as teachers within, and administrators of, composition programs. Rather, it enriches the work that is done and enhances the contribution made. The paper seeks to appeal to a notion of service from ancient Greece and Rome, "diakonia," as the essential attribute of the good citizen of a community--in this case, the campus community. Further, it enlists Immanuel Kant to equate service with duty and duty, ultimately, with autonomy and freedom. These older traditions do not render individuals prisoners to outdated ideologies; instead, they constitute the roots of the teaching profession and continue to shore up today's endeavors. Educators serve themselves best when they serve their students and colleagues first, and this lends a moral authority to work that is too readily overlooked. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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