3. Making an Argument: Where does academic arguing take place?
In addition to essays, term papers, and other writing projects in the classroom, the arguments within disciplines appear in writings such as:
- Conference papers and presentations
- Journal articles
- Panel discussions
- Multimedia presentations
Most of what is published or presented is considered new and/or important to the field.
Thinking of this communication as a conversation can help you understand that it's a two-way street: most arguments are reactions to one or more made earlier. Most arguments correct or add to earlier ones. In this way, those in on the conversation have the chance to accept or try to refute what's been proposed in each argument, and what those in the field believe is the truth inches its way forward, one step at a time.
Many participants who are readers right now will use the information they glean in order to inform their own research they'll be writing and publishing later, and even those who never write published arguments can use what they learn from the conversation to inform their own practices.
For examples of conversation going on within several disciplines, take a look at these sites (click image to visit):