Conceding in Disagreements during Small Group Interactions in Academic Writing Class

Sharma, Bal Krishna
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Using conversation analysis as a methodological and analytical framework, this study presents a sequential analysis of disagreement episodes in small group interactions in an advanced academic writing class. Closer scrutiny of the sequences reveals that in order to bring disagreements to a close, participants make use of an array of interactional resources to defend and establish their positions as well as to challenge other members’ stances. They take cautious steps when they give in to the opponent‘s stance. From a collection of 48 disagreement episodes, I will explain in detail one disagreement exit pattern- conceding- that occurred most frequently (17 times) in the corpus. Analysis of pre-conceding activities in the disagreement episodes shows that participants deploy three major practices before they close the sequence: making an understanding claim, building a peer alliance and proposing an alternative position. The findings expand our understanding of the intricate maneuvers involved in group works in writing classes.
Conversation Analysis (CA), disagreement, interaction, conceding
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