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VanSledright, Bruce A., and S.G. Grant. “Surviving Its Own Rhetoric: Building a Conversational Community within the Social Studies.” Theory and Research in Social Education 19(3) (1991): 283-304.


Argues for a conversational community within the social studies profession. Explores relevant attributes of such a community. Suggests that researchers ask (1) who speaks, (2) the topics of discourse, and (3) how language is used. Concludes that a conversational community does exist but is kept from its full potential by distrust between teachers and professors, among other factors.