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Author Archives: readdavi

The Importance of Inquiry

The term “inquiry” is an intimate part of academic discourse. A quick Google search of Chapman University’s website returns 924 instances of the word, and it is the central aspect of the GE “Shared Inquiry” clusters: Artistic Inquiry, Natural Science Inquiry, Quantitative Inquiry, Social Inquiry, Values and Ethical Inquiry, Written Inquiry (most likely the reason … Continue reading »

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Dreams, the Unconscious Mind, and Rhetoric

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.  The dignity of movement of the iceberg is due … Continue reading »

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Affecting Positive Change

Last month, Paul Krugman, the liberal Nobel prize winner and New York Times columnist, was invited by the Occupy Wall Street protesters to speak at one of the demonstrations. When he declined, citing “restrictions that come with the privilege” of writing for the Times; “one of them is not crossing the line between advocate and activist,” many in the movement cried … Continue reading »

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Why the Academic Blog?

“Imagine you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so … Continue reading »

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Rereading SlaughterHouse-Five after twelve years and two Master degrees, and it is certainly a different experience. I just read one passage that I had to post here: Billy couldn’t read Tralfamadorian, of course, but he could at least see how the books were laid out — in brief clumps of symbols separated by stars. Billy … Continue reading »

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The Five Paragraph Essay Syndrome

Before I begin my rant, let me establish this qualifier: the five paragraph essay format has its place in composition. It’s a simple formula that helps beginning writers understand the basic structure of an academic essay—introduction and thesis, supporting reasons, evidence, and examples, conclusion. The three supporting paragraphs force beginners to think up multiple reasons … Continue reading »

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Independent Revision Through Collaboration

I’m sure many of you have wondered why English teachers always place students into groups to revise papers. Is it just time filler? Are English teachers lazy, avoiding reading student drafts? The answer lies in the power of collaborative learning, “based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which participants talk … Continue reading »

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A Question of Credibility

As many of you pointed out in our online discussion, the question of the role of blogging in the academic community comes down to credibility. Academic papers published in journals submit to a rigorous peer review process. You assume that an article or essay published in a peer-reviewed journal is a credible source of research. … Continue reading »

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Finding Your Voice

Voice. It’s the single most important aspect of blogging. Remember, the web log started as a personal, online journal, and that basic origin is still the central point of most blogs. Without a strong authentic voice, your blog loses credibility and personal appeal. The best blogs are those that speak to us, that connect us … Continue reading »

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QuickPress: the Double-Edged Sword

One of the key advantages of blogging is the ability to quickly publish and distribute content to a broad audience. We have seen the real-world effects of “quickpress” in the blogger-fueled protests in the Arab world. No longer are writers confined to the slow time-tables of print publishers, editors, and review panels. This post itself … Continue reading »

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