Subject: Education / General

Subject: Education / General

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Language Of Experience

|9780822958741|Literate Practices And Social Change| The Language of Experience examines the relationship between literacy and change–both personal and social. Gorzelsky studies three cases, two historical and one contemporary, that speak to key issues on the national education agenda. “Struggle” is a community literacy program for urban teens and parents. It encourages them to reflect on, articulate, and revise their life goals and design and implement strategies for reaching them. To provide historical context for this and other contemporary efforts in using literacy to promote social change, Gorzelsky analyzes two radical religious and political movements of the English Civil Wars and…

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Writing at the End of the World

|9780822958864|What do the humanities have to offer in the twenty-first century? Are there compelling reasons to go on teaching the literate arts when the schools themselves have become battlefields? Does it make sense to go on writing when the world itself is overrun with books that no one reads? In these simultaneously personal and erudite reflections on the future of higher education, Richard E. Miller moves from the headlines to the classroom, focusing in on how teachers and students alike confront the existential challenge of making life meaningful. In meditating on the violent events that now dominate our daily lives—school…

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Local Knowledges, Local Practices

|9780822959618|Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell| Cornell University has stood at the forefront of writing instruction, at least since the publication of William Strunk and E. B. White’s classic, The Elements of Style, in 1918. For the past thirty years Cornell has been the site of a remarkably sustained and successful interdisciplinary approach to writing across the curriculum – a program that now coordinates nearly two hundred courses each semester sponsored by over thirty different departments. Local Knowledges, Local Practices provides an overview of Cornell’s rich history and distinguished achievements in training students to write well. Including the views of…

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Acts of Enjoyment

|9780822959625|Rhetoric, Zizek, and the Return of the Subject|Why are today's students not realizing their potential as critical thinkers? Although educators have, for two decades, incorporated contemporary cultural studies into the teaching of composition and rhetoric, many students lack the powers of self-expression that are crucial for effecting social change. Acts of Enjoyment presents a critique of current pedagogies and introduces a psychoanalytical approach in teaching composition and rhetoric. Thomas Rickert builds upon the advances of cultural studies and its focus on societal trends and broadens this view by placing attention on the conscious and subconscious thought of the individual. By…

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Local Histories

|9780822959540|Reading the Archives of Composition| In Local Histories, the contributors seek to challenge the widely held belief that the origin of American composition as a distinguishable discipline can be traced to a small number of elite colleges such as Harvard, Yale, and Michigan in the mid- to late nineteenth century. Through extensive archival research at liberal arts colleges, normal schools, historically black colleges, and junior colleges, the contributors ascertain that many of these practices were actually in use prior to this time and were not the sole province of elite universities. Though not discounting the elites' influence, the findings conclude…

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