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From Cow Paths to ConversationRethinking the Argumentative Essay

From Cow Paths to ConversationRethinking the Argumentative Essay This article analyzes ideologies underpinning argument-based writing assignments and considers how they may contribute to a current climate of polarization. The authors suggest that the argument-based essay may be what Kenneth Burke called an unquestioned and habituated “cow path” and conclude by considering how students may benefit from a deeper engagement with explanatory ways of knowing, writing, and relating to each other. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pedagogy Duke University Press

From Cow Paths to ConversationRethinking the Argumentative Essay

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Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press
ISSN
1531-4200
eISSN
1533-6255
DOI
10.1215/15314200-7878975
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Abstract

This article analyzes ideologies underpinning argument-based writing assignments and considers how they may contribute to a current climate of polarization. The authors suggest that the argument-based essay may be what Kenneth Burke called an unquestioned and habituated “cow path” and conclude by considering how students may benefit from a deeper engagement with explanatory ways of knowing, writing, and relating to each other.

Journal

PedagogyDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2020

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