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ERIC Number: EJ1007520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Crossing Cultural and Gender Borders to Change the Way We Use Discourse in the Classroom
Lloyd, Keith
CEA Forum, v42 n1 p246-261 Win-Spr 2013
Though many teachers have adopted collaborative models for teaching writing and literature, much of classroom discussion, in small or large groups, is driven by the assumption that arguing ideas is a competitive exercise. Generally, essays written in this context are "counter-positional" and "agonistic," supporting points by eliminating/discrediting others and shaped by either/or extremes. Such extreme views create false dichotomies rather than thought-out perspectives, a reflection of the often counter-productive argument students see most in the media. Such argumentation actually polarizes people and shuts down dialogue. To adopt other models, it is important to look across the borders of argumentative discussion. This essay offers two alternative models of collaboration and essay construction, one from India, based in an approach to argument known as "Nyaya," the other based on feminist perspectives based in the ideas of Sonja Foss and Cynthia Griffin.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India