English, discourse communities, persuasive discourse, debate, professional development, professional education, grammar, language usage, writing for publication, academic discourse, higher education
The idea of joining a conversation through reading and writing is not new; in his 1941 book "The Philosophy of Literary Form: Studies in Symbolic Action," Kenneth Burke suggests that the acts of reading and writing are like entering a parlor where others are already conversing. The author explores the place of professional debate within NCTE and in the pages of "English Journal". Regardless, by reading these pages, one is entering into a conversation that is already underway.
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National Council of Teachers of English
Zuidema, Leah A., "Contentious Conversations" (2011). Faculty Work Comprehensive List. 3.