Jennifer OsterdayFor this research project, the field of study I chose focuses on how students are transitioning from the classroom to the workplace. As I am personally graduating in a month, I am interested in knowing in what helps and does not help students prepare for a new career. By understanding what areas are working or failing in the university, the information can be passed on in hopes of improving the universities’ current writing courses. During the research process, I focused on authors such as Beaufort, Freedman, Adam and Dias as I knew they offered the most information on this topic. All of the sources are from books written by experts in their field. Most of the articles are timely, with the exception of a piece from 1993. However, the article still offers important information on what needs to be changed in the classroom.
Beaufort, Anne. “Bridging the Gap: From Classroom to Boardroom.” Writing in the Real World: Making the Transition from School to Work.
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Freedman, Aviva and Christine Adam. “Bridging the Gap: University based Writing that is More than Simulation” Transitions: Writing in Academic and Workplace Settings Eds. Dias, Patrick and Anthony Pare. Cresskill:
---. “Write Where You Are: Situating Learning to Write in University and Workplace Settings.” Transitions: Writing in Academic and Workplace Settings Eds. Dias, Patrick and Anthony Pare. Cresskill:
Dias, Patrick, Aviva Freedman, Peter Medway, and Anthony Pare. “Virtual Realities: Transitions from University to Workplace Writing.” Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing In Academic And Workplace Contexts. Mahwah:
Joliffe, David A. “Preparing All Students for the New Workplace Literacy: Avenues for English Instruction in High Schools and Colleges.” Expanding Literacies: English Teaching and the Workplace. Ed. Mary Sue Garay and Stephen A. Bernhardt.
Reither, James A. “Bridging the Gap: Scenic Motives for Collaborative Writing in Workplace and School.” Writing in the Workplace: New Research Perspectives. Ed. Spilka, Rachel.
Wardle, Elizabeth. (2005). “Identity, Authority, and Learning to Write in New Workplaces.” Enculturation 5.2. http://enculturation.gmu.edu/5_2/wardle.html. Wardle makes the point that identity issues can play a big part in how well someone transfers from the university to the workplace. An important part of this article is on how the subject Wardle studied, Alan, was unable to successfully survive in his chosen discourse community because of his stubborn ways. Alan wanted to do things his own way to assure that he was the one in charge; however, others saw him as simply not adopting conventions that were needed to succeed in the workplace. Instead of seeing Alan as an independent individual, others saw him as incapable of engaging with the company. Alan did not follow the rules of the convention by changing his writing behavior. Alan tried to prove himself in the new workplace but instead showed that he was incapable of succeeding. This proves that not only is it difficult to work in a new environment, but in order to succeed it is necessary to follow the ways of the discourse community. Having conflicts with identity and the authority of the business can ultimately cause a person to lose their job. It is unfortunate Alan did not try to conform to the correct writing style, as I would have liked to see whether he could have succeeded had he tried harder to not be so stubborn.