Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Topic: Professional Writing

Title: “Teaching Discourse and Reproducing Culture: A Critique of Research and Pedagogy in Professional and Non-Academic Writing.” Carl G. Gerndl. College Composition and Communication (October 1993), 349 – 363. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: The author says we need more research into the actual nature of types of professional writing: “The biochemistry student who plans research on gene splicing, the industrial engineer planning to do production analysis, and the computer engineer working on software application are all entering substantially different professional discourses.” p. 361.

Comment: How does the generalized teaching of writing that occurs in most beginning writing courses in college apply to the real world of writing in the professions? RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to summarize articles on teaching English/language arts, from kindergarten through college, published in English education journals from the past.

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