Joining the Dialogue: Practices for Ethical Research Writing
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554813957 / 1554813956
  • 350 pages; 6" x 9"

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Joining the Dialogue: Practices for Ethical Research Writing

  • Publication Date: July 16, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554813957 / 1554813956
  • 350 pages; 6" x 9"

Joining the Dialogue offers an exciting new approach for teaching academic research writing to introductory students by drawing on communication ethics. Holding to the current view that academic writing means situating ourselves in a research community and learning how to join the research conversations going on around us, Joining the Dialogue proposes that how we engage in dialogue with other researchers in our community matters. We not only read, acknowledge, and build on the research of others as we compose our work; we also engage openly, attentively, critically, and responsively to their ideas as we articulate our own.

With this in mind, Joining the Dialogue is geared to helping students discover the key ethical practices of dialogue—receptivity and responsivity—as they join a research conversation. It also helps students master the dialogic structure of research essays as they write in and for their academic communities. Combining an ethical approach with accessible prose, dialogic structures and templates, practical exercises, and ample illustrations from across the disciplines, Joining the Dialogue not only teaches students how to write research essays, but how to write those essays ethically as a dialogue with other researchers and readers.


Part 1: Approaching Academic Dialogue

  • Chapter 1: Genuine Dialogue and the Ethics of Communication
  • Chapter 2: The Conversation Situation: Respecting Genre

Part 2: Developing Skills of Reception

  • Chapter 3: The Art of Summary: Representing Others
  • Chapter 4: Ethical Interpretation: Summarizing Difficult Material
  • Chapter 5: Orchestrating Dialogue: Writing as Conversation
  • Chapter 6: Ethical Citation: Acknowledging Others

Part 3: Developing Skills of Response

  • Chapter 7: Claims, Reasons, and Reasoning: Making Sense of Research Stances
  • Chapter 8: Critical Engagement: Analyzing Content and Assessing Ideas
  • Chapter 9: Response-able Stances: Developing a Research Position

Part 4: Participating in Academic Dialogue

  • Chapter 10: Research Topics and Proposals: Preparing to Write
  • Chapter 11: Introductions: Stepping into a Scholarly Conversation
  • Chapter 12: Body Paragraphs: Giving Structure to the Conversation
  • Chapter 13: Conclusions: Inviting Response and Responsibility
  • Chapter 14: Drafts and Revisions: Conversing Clearly

Bettina Stumm is Assistant Professor of English at Corpus Christi College, Vancouver, BC.

  • • Uses a dialogic framework for approaching research writing. It sees research writing as a conversation between research scholars that students can learn how to join and participate in.
  • • Foregrounds communication ethics (particularly an ethics of acknowledgement and response) as the necessary backdrop for genuinely engaging in academic research dialogue. In order to join and participate in dialogue, we need to take an ethical orientation—one that is open and responsive—towards the research of other scholars in our reading, interpretation, summation, representation, and citation practices.
  • • Approachable, easy to read, and provides a hands-on approach which centers on the writing structures, templates, and practices commonly used to join and participate in academic research dialogue.