Contextualizing Writing and Response in a Graduate Seminar

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Theoretical and pedagogical interest in writing in academic disciplines and other discourse communities has grown in the last decade, but few studies have looked at advanced levels of disciplinary enculturation. In this study, I examine the contexts for writing and response in a graduate education seminar with fifteen students, including eight nonnative speakers of English. I consider how the professor explicitly and implicitly communicated expectations for the form and content of writing assignments; how the students understood, negotiated and undertook these tasks; and how the professor evaluated and responded to students’ final written texts. Finally, I argue that the students’ writing tasks occur in a complex, multidimensional historical field of personal and social contexts and that advanced levels of disciplinary enculturation are marked by a specific set of issues revolving around students’ emerging authority and conflicts inherent in disciplinary microsocieties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-310
Number of pages44
JournalWritten Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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