James Paul Gee's Literacy, Discourse And Linguistics

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Everyone has a Discourse, whether they are aware of it or not. One might ask, “What is a Discourse”? James Paul Gee’s Literacy, Discourse and Linguistics: Introduction states, “Discourses are ways of being in the world; they are a form of life which integrate words, acts, values, beliefs, attitudes, and social identities as well as gestures, glances, body positions, and clothes” (6-7). Entering the writing Discourse may be difficult, as there are many styles and versions. It is common to come upon many styles of writing such as college level writing, scientific writing and technical/business communication. They all differ yet share a common purpose; to provide information to their audience whether it be to entertain or educate.
These communication styles can be daunting for some, as they require skills that may be unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with. Each writing style has its own format and set of rules to follow. For example, college level writing is more analytical and opinion based, while scientific writing tends to consist of more factual
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The article is considered a scientific paper because it follows the IMRAD format. While it follows the IMRAD format it also is a document that is informative; it discusses going from a “traditional lecture format to a more interactive case-based, team-based, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional learning model” and how through an study they were able to conclude that the latter was a more effective teaching model (Ramesh, Ganguly, Qualters 1339). While the article is scientific it took technical communication between all contributing parties, meaning the instructors and students, to facilitate the study and the outcome. Without effective communication the study could not have been produced, published and accessible to
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