Conventions of Appropriateness:
Definition: The gradual learning through personal experience, of what is societally considered “ok” or appropriate.
Conventions of appropriateness relate back to the ideas of academic/professional communities, communities of practice, discourse communities as well as textual media.
An example of conventions of appropriateness would be handing in a paper for your science class, as opposed to handing in a paper in your english class. Your science teacher is going to be looking for short, matter-of-factly briefs or even lab right ups that conclude whatever it is that you were trying to prove or prove wrong. If you handed in to your science teacher a 3 page essay with MLA citations, though your english teacher would accept that paper and probably give you a good grade, your science teacher would probably request you redo it .. correctly. This is because the conventions of appropriateness differ between the two courses.