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ERIC Number: EJ1020112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Exploring Valued Patterns of Stance in Upper-Level Student Writing in the Disciplines
Lancaster, Zak
Written Communication, v31 n1 p27-57 Jan 2014
Drawing on the appraisal framework from systemic functional linguistics (SFL), this article examines patterns of stance in a corpus of 92 high- and low-graded argumentative papers written in the context of an upper-level course in economics. It interprets differential patterns of stance in students' texts in light of interview commentaries from the instructors, exploring how their judgments of students' levels of "critical reasoning" and "analytic rigor," among other qualities, may be influenced by recurring configurations of stance. As a methodological contribution, the article demonstrates how appraisal analysis of student writing, when used alongside instructor interviews, can reveal types of stances that are tacitly valued in the specific context. Results suggest the need for greater awareness among faculty in the disciplines of what is "going on" when they are reading student work and how they can make their expectations and judgments more explicit to students when assigning and evaluating writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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