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ERIC Number: ED451533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Extending Ourselves: A Conversation about Audience and Prejudice in Evaluating Writing.
Holt, Mara; Viola, Tony; Pruitt, John; Rankin, Mark
This paper presents a discussion examining personal revelations discovered through peer critique and teacher response. It begins by discussing the issue of dealing with alien terms and specialized jargon in academic papers, through the example of one instructor's different treatment of two student papers based on the instructor's familiarity with the topic. It then discusses the tension in the writing process between audience exclusion resulting from jargon and exclusion resulting from a reader's own prejudice (homophobia). It continues by explaining how instructors might evaluate papers on subjects unfamiliar to them, stating that teachers should avoid leniency on mainstream papers and should be aware of placing higher standards on student papers dealing with topics unfamiliar to the instructor. It concludes that the difference between exclusive jargon and exclusive subject position matters and must be negotiated somehow. (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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