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ERIC Number: EJ833913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
What Would Freud Say to Voltaire? The Use of Dialogues in Survey Courses
Simmons, Linda
Inquiry, v13 n1 p56-64 Spr 2008
An assignment to write a dialogue differs little from that of writing a traditional essay. Writing a dialogue requires students to combine traditional academic requirements--such as information literacy, writing competency, and critical thinking--with a healthy dose of imagination, creativity, and individuality. In practice, assignments to write dialogues can fit into informal, in-class writing assignments or out-of-class assignments such as a traditional documented essay or research paper. More specifically, assigning dialogues can substitute for the often-dreaded research paper. Survey courses in multiple academic disciplines can incorporate dialogue assignments to the delight of both students and professors. In this essay, the author argues that assigning dialogues in survey courses is a viable alternative to traditional research-based essays.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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