Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Representational Knowledge for an Authentic Audience

Bass and Elmendorf suggest that at the heart of their theory of "social pedagogies" is the development of "authentic tasks," which allow for the "representation of knowledge for an authentic audience" and contributes to the "construction of knowledge in a course" (2). Our activity will connect two ENA 101 courses and ask students in each to select (and revise) paragraphs from their upcoming research papers. These paragraphs will be written for an "authentic audience," i.e., an assigned student who is not familiar with the course material. Consequently, students will have to ensure that their paragraphs (according to the "sandwich method") have a clear claim, a well-introduced quotation with an accompanying citation, and a explanation of the quotation's significance in relation to the claim they have made. The "authentic audience" will evaluate this paragraph based on these component parts and determine if they create a unified whole. They will not be able to assume any prior knowledge of the subject matter or topic of the essay, and so the construction of the paragraph (as with the construction of knowledge) is essential.

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  1. I have found that the toughest part of the 'authentic audience' is that it's incredibly difficult to create within an academic situation. For instance, even things like mock interviews are very difficult for individuals like myself, who cannot fake it. There's something that comes from the idea that the situation is real, live, meaningful in a different way. And the same goes in education, writing for a faculty member, or other students, or outside groups... the authentic audience is difficult to capture.