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ERIC Number: ED466547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-22
Pages: 11
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Presenting and Mispresenting Students: Constructing an Ethic of Representation in Composition Studies.
Sun, Lulu C. H.
In the last few years, the focus has evolved from considering an "ethic of research" in composition studies to an "ethic of representation" in person-based research. One of the dominant questions that emerged from this shift is how researchers represent their students and their writings in composition research. What does the concept of "representation" mean? Representation is not only the art of construing, but the art of constructing. Representers do not decode texts--they make them. It is up to the reader and/or the listener to decode the texts. Ethical concerns specific to English studies must not only focus on the well-being of the student participants, but on how student writing is represented by the scholar/researcher. The CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) Guidelines register an awareness of a long history of negative representations of students and their texts in their insistence that researchers be "accountable to that data,""faithful to the students' intentions," and represent students' statements "in ways that are fair and serious...." If researchers speak for their participants, if they appropriate their voices, they are depriving them of their authority to shape their identities and their social interactions through their own narratives. The Guidelines, at present, are concerned with the ethical representation of students by scholar/researchers in published works or conference presentations. They do not apply to planned investigations by students that discuss the scholar/researcher. So, ultimately, when composition researchers contemplate the Guidelines, they need to consider their epistemological stance, their choices in epistemology, discourse, and research and make their decisions about "what" and "who" will be presented and represented, and "how" they will be presented and represented. (Contains 15 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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