Read the article “Adult Education and the Social Media Revolution,” available in the eReserves section of the classroom. Pay particular attention to the references these authors make to the works of others. Every citation within this article is essentially a head nod to other authors who have written about the same or similar topics. Were they all in the same room, you could imagine the authors of this article pointing to or calling out those other authors while speaking. This is what we mean when we refer to research and writing as one big conversation, with all of the participants listening and responding to one another.
In a discussion post, point to only one example from this article and explain how the authors do only one of the following in that one example:
- refer to another work in order to give legitimacy to their own point;
- refer to another work in order to build upon the ideas of others; or
- refer to another work in order to challenge that work.
Please note that not all references fall into one of these categories. Sometimes authors refer to others for background or contextualizing information. You need to find one instance where the authors cite information for one of these purposes.
Next, describe how the authors build on the information they reference, how the information they reference legitimizes their own ideas, or how the authors challenge the information they reference:
- If you select “refer to another work in order to give legitimacy to their own point,” first describe what the authors’ point is, then describe how the cited information supports that point.
- If you select “refer to another work in order to build upon the ideas of others,” first describe what the ideas are in the cited information, then describe how the authors build upon those ideas.
- If you select “refer to another work in order to challenge that work,” first describe the information being challenged, then describe how the authors are challenging the cited work.
So, in total, you’ll need just two sentences from the text. One sentence should show LeNoue, Hall, and Eighmy referencing the work of others. The other sentence from the text should be nearby and should contain an idea or view from LeNoue, Hall, and Eighmy (and no citation). The ideas in this sentence should not be attributed to anyone else. Don’t forget to use quotation marks when quoting directly from the text.
Then, give an example from your own life in which you rely upon the work of others to complete a specific task or accomplish a specific goal. This example might be from your workplace, community, or academic life (aside from citing sources for academic projects).
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