An Educational Institution That Promotes Collaborative Learning

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Imagine an educational institution that promotes collaborative learning rather than debate. An academic curriculum that fosters the notion of considering all aspects of a discussion as part of a growing process rather than as a sign of weakness. This concept of collective intellectual growth is being utilized by some of the leading technological companies in the world. However, this is not the case in the academic arena, according to linguistics professor Deborah Tannen. In her essay entitled, “Agonism in the Academy: Surviving the Argument Culture” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education which address the topic of “ritualized combats” in academia. Tannen claims that, “Agonism” is in fact “endemic” and detrimental in fostering a learning atmosphere in the education system. As an educator, Tannen adopts a calm, informative and hopeful tune as she attempts to alter the current approach to education for her audience the readers of The Higher Education and as well as the general public. Tannen supports these claims by using a variety of appeals in her attempt to persuade her peers to be weary of the negative connotation associated with a culture of divisiveness; as a scholar of linguistics, Tannen is aware of the dire consequences with alienating certain students from the educational process and how detrimental this is to the human spirit.
One of the strategies that Tannen employs to build her ethos, her credibility, is through the use of precedent---the repeated…

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