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ERIC Number: EJ1115963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-18
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
"At First I Thought… but I Don't Know for Sure": The Use of First Person Pronouns in the Academic Writing of Novices
Thonney, Teresa
Across the Disciplines, v10 n1 Mar 2013
This article describes a study of how students use first person pronouns in papers written for undergraduate courses in multiple disciplines. If prompted, students imitate some of the ways experts use first person to establish their authority; but just as often students use first person pronouns to express uncertainty or to reveal that they have less status than their audience. I argue that we can help students more closely approximate expert practices by making them aware of how experts use first person and by providing them with opportunities to use first person in those same ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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