Post by M C Morgan: via google+
Edited from a Google+ post.
Interesting to see an interest in discourse coming back. Did a dissertation on that back in 1996: Student Rhetorical Practices in E-Mail Conferences. There’s an html version of it around somewhere. Summary: Students don’t have the rhetorical chops to get a pedagogical useful conversation going or to maintain it for long if they do get it going. There: That saved you a 3-hr read.
It might be time to re-investigate rhetorical interaction again, now that dialogue theory has moved on, now that social web is providing a new set of affordances, now that a generation has had the time (since my 1996 sample) to grow up with the affordances. Hypothesis: Students can’t get a pedagogically valuable exchange going without teacher intervention, but do know how to use the affordances. That is, the tools have developed, but the values and rhetorical practices of the student social circle haven’t.