Summary Of A Discourse Mismatch Theory Of College Learning

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Hardships in one’s academic life is a common experience for many students. In Eric Paulson’s article, “A Discourse Mismatch Theory of College Learning,” the author presents the reader with James Gee’s well supported theory that explains why many students face challenges in their learning. Eric argues that students struggle in their academia when having to learn a different discourse. However, he states that when a person’s primary discourse has plenty of similarities with his or her secondary’s, learning the second discourse is facilitated. Still, I have learned that this discourse mismatch is a burden especially as it frequently puts certain groups of people at a disadvantage because of their backgrounds; mastering both discourses is certainly a commodity. For one, students with less skills acquired that match with their secondary’s discourse have their identities far more affected. For instance, in the article, “A Discourse Mismatch Theory of College Learning,” the author makes remarks about the interactions pupils have with their education when they cannot master a subject. Paulson states, “...sense of detachment and alienation from school tasks and from schooling itself” (Paulson 8). With that said, he is concluding that students may have negative reactions towards their education when their primary discourses have very little or nothing in common with the discourse they have to learn. Unfortunately, this affects their identities when they don't feel a sense of
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