TA2 - 1 EDL 204 Talbert 11 November 2009 Interpretive...

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Talbert 11 November 2009 Interpretive Analysis: An Education Debate for the Books Many times, more often than not, authors and writers will use stories or types of writing that appeal to everyday values. The use of this is called an ideograph. Writers choose to use this in their writing to make their work valuable and something that is important for people to read. For example, in An Education Debate for the Books , de Vise (2009) mentions, “Several schools reported a falloff in applications because of the economic downturn, and some struggled to fill the freshman class.” (1). It is not a coincidence that de Vise is writing an article about the decline in college applicants during an economic downfall. This particular thinking makes this article a hot topic and something that people want to read about, simply because it parallels to what many are going through at this time. A helpful strategy to use along with an ideographic style of writing is using empirical data. Empirical data is scientific measurable data which can be proved again and again over the course of some time period. The use of empirical data is clearly shown throughout the entire text. One specific example is when de Vise (2009) claims, “Applications to St. John's dwindled from 460 last year to about 400 this year.” (1). Empirical data is then again shown in just the very next sentence. The author is talking about how the amount of money for the financial aid budget has steadily increased over the years, but still the amount of enrollment has fallen (de Vise, 2009, 1). 1
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