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SGarza: QuestionFromCalebReCollaborativePedagogy

In assessing the importance of collaborative pedagogy in the Tate chapter and Bruffee article, they necesitate the importance of group communication in the college classroom, as collaboration aids students in understanding what is acceptable and how to operate within the scholarly and social community. Though I feel group discussion about readings and collaboration on writing assignments is very beneficial, collaborative writing seems to be more intuned with the needs of professional writing courses, as in my experiences, most literary courses only include group discussions on readings, and at best peer reviews of individual writing assignments; however, I have never had a literature class which asked me to work in a group or partnership to produce an academic paper about a piece of literature. My question is why does it seem that instruction on academic writing only incorporates peer review rather than a collaborative group effort, as it is apparent that working academics most certainly work in groups to create academic texts and discourse? I know there is a worry about the originality and origin of ideas in academic discourse, yet it seems this effort would be beneficial to academic writing if appropriately overviewed, and could help students engauge the activity of academic writing from both an individual and group perspective.

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