ERIC Number: EJ947068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
(Re)Situating Communication in the Disciplines: Taking Gender into Account
Sullivan, Katie R.; Kedrowicz, April A.
Communication Education, v60 n4 p389-405 2011
Communication in the disciplines (CID) is a model of situated pedagogy that prepares students for the communication demands of their professional work. A defining feature of CID is its "situatedness." Communication is meant to uphold, not disrupt, disciplinary norms surrounding communication outcomes, genres, and assessment. However, by upholding rather than critically examining and shifting disciplinary norms, CID runs the risk of being an unwitting ally in the maintenance of gendered inequities in the disciplines and professions. We argue that CID, as both situated and representative of contradiction, can highlight tensions internal to disciplinary activities, thus positioning CID to be an agent of expansion. We draw from feminist theory and socialization and genre research to show how CID instructors and instruction can facilitate engagement with the contradictions and tensions characterizing the CID classroom to promote a more inclusive community of practice.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Communication (Thought Transfer), Feminism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Socialization, Masculinity
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