Glossary: disciplinary languages

Disciplinary languages refer to the body of terms used regularly in scholarly work in the discipline, without which a student will be challenged in reading disciplinary work. In English, for example, "discourse," "apparatus," and "domain" become foundational terms for discussing literary works in the context of cultural theory.

Concepts signified by the terms that compose a disciplinary language may be student learning "bottlenecks" that are conceptually difficult for students. For more information on bottlenecks, see the Bottlenecks and Thresholds Project here at Georgetown, look up disciplinary thinking, or find out more about David Pace's and Joan Middendorf's pioneering work on the topic.


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