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After reading Elizabeth Wardle’s “Identity, Authority, and Learning to Write in New Workplaces” and Susan Katz’s “Writing Review As An Opportunity for Individuation,” what I would like you to answer either question 1 or 2 AND question 3 or 4.

Each question must be between 300-350 words in length.

  1. Wardle quotes Hasu and Engestrom, well-known activity theory scholars, as saying that conflict and breakdown can actually be positive (para. 29), helping to reshape how a community does things in ways that are more productive. However, the conflicts between Alan and his work community did not have positive results. Why do you think this is? How could his conflicts have been handled so that they did result in positive change?
  2. Wardle seems to be arguing that Alan did not successfully join his new workplace community because he was resisting it: He did not want to adopt the identity that people in that community imagined for him. James Gee would probably have a very different opinion about this; he wold most likely argue that Alan’s primary Discourse was very different from the dominant Discourse he encountered in the Humanities Department and that Alan would not have been able to join that Discourse even if he had wanted. Do you agree more with Wardle or Gee? Why?
  3. Of the three kinds of authority outlined by Katz, identify which you believe students are most capable of developing while in school, and which are more dependent on specific workplace contexts and/or experiences. Explain why you believe so.
  4. Identify and illustrate the communication strategies, interpersonal and otherwise, that most helped the subjects in Katz’s study become individuated. Refer to several specific examples to support your argument.

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