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Even Primary Sources Include George Washington Un

Even Primary Sources Include George Washington Un

Student Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how knowledge is transmitted within a discipline
  • Identify important ethical considerations in your discipline

Building a career can be enhanced by membership in one or more professional associations in your discipline. These groups offer an opportunity to share scholarship and professional concerns with like-minded practitioners by sponsoring conventions and other meetings, as well as publishing both scholarly and trade/professional publications in the field.

Each student should find a professional association in their field (they may also be called “institute” or “society”). The easiest way to do that is google “association” and the name of your major. The library also has a database entitled “Associations Unlimited” but it includes more than just membership associations the last time I checked (a while ago). The library’s subject guide for your discipline may also list one or more professional associations. Be sure the association you choose publishes a scholarly journal! You will need that for the rhetorical analysis paper. Let me know if you need help with that.

Create a Word document with your name, your major, and the name of the association on the top of the page, then answer the questions below:

This is my association: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/

Please note that not all associations may have all the information; if that is the case, skip that question).

  • Check to see if there is an “Advocacy” tab. This will help you identify issues of importance to the group that will help you find a current conversation in the field you may use for your own research. Name one or more specific problems they are seeking to address. What types of educational services does it provide (usually workshops & conventions)? If you can find a conference program it will provide ideas on issues of concern to the membership.
  • What publications does it provide for its members? (This is important!) Most associations have a flagship scholarly journal and any number of trade/professional publications (newsletters, bulletins, or other non-peer reviewed sources of professional information). List the titles (in italics!) of a journal and one or more other publications. These will be great resources for your own work! You will see that you won’t have access to the content of these publications unless you are a member of the group; however, most will be available through the Mason databases.
  • Finally, most associations have codes of professional conduct. Briefly explain a few of the main points of those you found. If you can’t readily access this on your association’s web site, write what you think ethical practices would entail for your future profession.


Rhetorical Analysis Paper Guidelines

1. Audience: Academic, specifically advanced undergraduate and graduate students in your discipline.

2. Purpose:This assignment is designed to meet the Students as Scholars objective that you

3. learn “how knowledge is situated and shared in relevant scholarly contexts” and to

understand how genre functions in your future professional discourse community.

4. Requirements: Select a recent issue of a peer reviewed journal published by your association and select either a primary (original) research article or a secondary literature review and follow the instructions below. If you can find something on your research topic all the better, but that is not a requirement. Your response to this assignment should take the form of a well organized 2-3 page essay (double-spaced, Times New Roman12-point font).

5. Citations: Please use correct APA or MLA format both in-text and on a separate references page at the end

6. asignment explination: Now that you have found a professional association in your field and considered how these groups functioned as discourse communities to advance the objectives of their disciplines, you are well prepared to complete this paper. The assignment outlined here is designed to help you discover how those goals are achieved through the scholarly genres employed by writers in those communities. A useful way to think about this is to consider James Martin’s comment that “genres are how things get done when language is used to accomplish them” (as cited in Swales, 2010, p. 221). Thus, genres are purposeful and their rhetorical features reflect the values and expectations of their discourse communities. For this paper consider the mission statement of your association (this may be under “aims” or similar language on the publication’s web site) and make a point of your own about how the article found in your journal’s issue meets the group’s stated goals. What does the genre “get done”?

The purpose of the following is to guide your examination of the journal and the article:

  • Your introductory paragraph should mention your association and its goals, as well as the journal and its audience. Be as specific as possible about the journal’s readers; for example, the American Medical Association’s publications are obviously written for physicians, but who else would read them? Include the name of the publication’s editor and supply his or her credentials. Organize the information requested below into coherent paragraphs; each item does not require a separate paragraph.
  • Review the table of contents (ToC) and report on various topics represented (just some examples); is there a wide variety of subject matter, or are the articles more narrowly focused? Is yours a special issue devoted to a single topic?
  • What genres does the journal contain? Are there editorials, book reviews, or other material in addition to the scholarly articles? If so, name them.
  • Select an article that interests you the most (this may also help with your choice of a research project if it is in your area of interest) and be certain it is peer reviewed (the genre should tell you that). In addition, provide a sentence or two on its topic and biographical information on the lead author with a few of his or her other publications (e.g. John Smith, professor of planetary harmony at Sky University, has also written …..). Then carefully review the article and identify its genre (is it primary, or original material from a study of some sort, or secondary because it reviewed lots of others’ work? Be careful because even primary sources include many references to earlier research before beginning to talk about their own; think about our “Types of Sources” handout). Include what you feel is the authors’ purpose in selecting this particular genre.
  • Conduct a short rhetorical analysis of the piece. Find and quote examples of the specialized vocabulary used by their discourse community. Remember to correctly cite quotations and paraphrases in APA or MLA style and provide a references page.
  • Finally, as suggested in the prompt above, reflect on how what gets “done,” as Martin put it, by the genre you examined. How did it help their writers advance knowledge in your discipline and meet the goals of the association’s membership? In other words, connect their goals with the genres they choose.

Please let me know if I can help.

Swales, J. (2011). The concept of discourse community. In Wardle, E. & Downs, D. (Eds.), Writing about Writing (pp. 215-227). Boston: Bedford St. Martins.