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Breaking Down the Digital Walls
Breaking Down the Digital Walls (January 2001)
Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World
R. W. Burniske - Author
Lowell Monke - Author
Jonas F. Soltis - Foreword by

An exploration of the benefits and problems of using the Internet in education.

"Burniske and Monke guide us through ways of turning electronic communication into personal, communal, and critical human communication. The book is invaluable for educators who want to use technology in the service of equity and the intelligent analysis of issues of social justice." -- Herbert Kohl, author of The Discipline o...(Read More)
Reason to Believe
Reason to Believe (July 1998)
Romanticism, Pragmatism, and the Teaching of Writing
Hephzibah Roskelly - Author
Kate Ronald - Author

Explores current theories of teaching and demonstrates that English studies can benefit from the work of 19th-century American romanticism and pragmatism, both of which affirm the possibility of growth and development. The book argues eloquently for the importance of hope and relies extensively for its theoretical underpinnings on the influential writings of Cornel West and Paulo Freire.

"'How does the history of thinkin...(Read More)
Voicing Ourselves
Voicing Ourselves (March 1998)
Whose Words We Use When We Talk about Books
Christian Knoeller - Author

Using Bakhtinian theory, this study reveals how and why readers routinely refer to the words and ideas of others to interpret the meanings and implications of the books they read.

In a public high school classroom in the San Francisco Bay area, a group of twelfth graders have decided themselves to enroll for Advanced-Placement English. Faced with unprecedented diversity for such a class in terms of academic and ethnic b...(Read More)
Expanding Literacies
Expanding Literacies (March 1998)
English Teaching and the New Workplace
Mary Sue Garay - Editor
Stephen A. Bernhardt - Editor

1999 Best Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication - National Council of Teachers of English

Examines the escalating literacy demands of the new workplace, and makes suggestions for reshaping traditional English classes to better equip students with new skills to meet these needs.

"This book is readable, accessible, and informative. There's nothing available to compare ...(Read More)
The Theory and Practice of Grading Writing
The Theory and Practice of Grading Writing (February 1998)
Problems and Possibilities
Frances Zak - Editor
Christopher C. Weaver - Editor

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book 1998

Explores grading strategies for English composition teachers that are consistent with modern discourse and pedagogical theories.

Grading is one of the thorniest issues writing teachers must deal with, yet, surprisingly little has been written on this topic. As writing teachers move increasingly toward practices that focus on writing as a process, they fac...(Read More)
Women/Writing/Teaching (January 1998)
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt - Editor

Presents autobiographical visions of women writing teachers--their intertwined lives as professionals, feminists, writers, instructors, and colleagues.

This book presents autobiographical visions of women writing teachers--their complex lives as writers, as instructors, as feminists, as professionals in the academy. The authors explore their complex identities as teachers: the particular configurations of their pasts, ge...(Read More)
Constructing Knowledges
Constructing Knowledges (March 1997)
The Politics of Theory-Building and Pedagogy in Composition
Sidney I. Dobrin - Author

In this thought-provoking and gracefully written new book, Sidney Dobrin examines current debates over the relative value of theoretical and practical knowledges, both in the academy in general and in the discipline of rhetoric and composition. He explores arguments about whether theorizing is an appropriate mode of scholarly inquiry for a field that is primarily informed by practical knowledge, whether theory-building in general speaks to local con...(Read More)
Negation, Subjectivity, and The History of Rhetoric
Negation, Subjectivity, and The History of Rhetoric (November 1996)
Victor J. Vitanza - Author

Examines the principles of historiography that are generally applied to writing what we call "The History of Rhetoric." Focusing on the Sophists Gorgias and Isocrates, and on how each has been received and refigured by historians, the book moves beyond these approaches to postmodernist ones.

"This is a remarkably comprehensive and original treatment of crucial concerns for historians and theorists of rhetoric. I am, of c...(Read More)
Lives in the Balance
Lives in the Balance (October 1995)
Youth, Poverty, and Education in Watts
Ann Diver-Stamnes - Author

This compelling examination (by a former high school teacher in Watts, Los Angeles) shows how poverty affects the lives of young people.

"Lives in the Balance literally explodes with images of youth culture within inner-city settings. Through observation and interview techniques, the author's close-up look at the effects of poverty on children's lives is staggering. Just the opportunity to hear 'insider' perspectives provides ...(Read More)
Where "Something Catches" (October 1995)
Work, Love, and Identity in Youth
Victoria I. Munoz - Author

Helps people working with youth think in new ways about the relationships between work, love, and identity and how these interact within the socio-political processes of class, race, gender, and sexuality.

"This book offers stunning insights into the formation of identity. In a language that is at once Munoz's own--even as she acknowledges and extends the languages of others (notably women theorists of color, artists, po...(Read More)
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