Barbara Gordon presents on the nature of argument
Barbara Gordon, associate professor of English, offered an alternative way of teaching written argument at the College English Association Conference.
The presentation titled "The Nature of Argument: Inquiry Over Victory" given on April 5 at the College English Association Conference in Savannah, Ga., calls into question the traditional model for teaching argument in first-year writing courses, one that focuses on controversial topics blended with rhetorical strategies. Instead, Gordon posited a series of assignments that rest on a developmental model, one that encourages students to engage in argument as a means of inquiry, rather than of victory. More profoundly, the model attempts to use written argument as a means of transformation in which both writer and reader become more open to examining personal prejudices and cultural assumptions.