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Approaches to Computer Writing Classrooms
Approaches to Computer Writing Classrooms (August 1993)
Learning From Practical Experience
Linda Myers - Editor

This text provides a variety of practical and theoretical approaches to computer classroom design. Pedagogical, ethical, and political issues are discussed as well as nuts-and-bolts construction, adapting teaching styles to a CAI environment, use of specific hardware and software, and speculation regarding future electronic learning environments.

"My first thought went like this: 'Oh no, not another book about computer labs.' But after I r...(Read More)
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox (August 1993)
The Ontology of Language
Koen DePryck - Author

"It is already clear that postmodernism is an unsatisfactory view of the world: the skepticism, antifoundationalism, and distrust of any form of narrative or argument that has characterized this last phase of modernism cannot long resist its own corrosive critique. What view of the world will succeed postmodernism? To answer this question, it is necessary to take up several challenges abandoned along the way as metaphysical, insoluble in terms of...(Read More)
Everyday Spirits
Everyday Spirits (July 1993)
David Appelbaum - Author

"Appelbaum is creating a whole arena of inquiry by bringing serious and beautiful metaphysical ideas into relationship with everyday life and things. In its quiet way, it is a pioneering work, potentially quite important.
The freshness and combination of philosophy and poetry make it original, bold, and gentle." -- Jacob Needleman

"This is a book of remarkable tenderness and depth. It explores through the usually unnotic...(Read More)
Critical Literacy
Critical Literacy (March 1993)
Politics, Praxis, and the Postmodern
Colin Lankshear - Editor
Peter L. McLaren - Editor

"Lankshear and McLaren have put together a volume that includes some of the best work presently being done in the area of literacy studies. It is a book that confronts the challenge of literacy in ways that take into account some of the most demanding and urgent debates of our time. It essentially redefines the project of literacy by bringing to light new possibilities for liberation struggles both in and outside of schools. It is a project that ...(Read More)
Ready for What?
Ready for What? (December 1992)
Constructing Meanings of Readiness for Kindergarten
M. Elizabeth Graue - Author

This book looks at readiness from a different perspective, arguing that we must move away from the readiness-as-child characteristic so prevalent in education and the popular press. Instead, readiness is explained as an idea constructed by parents, teachers, and children as they interact in their neighborhoods and communities.

Graue describes three communities in the same school district: a middle-class, suburban town of professionals; a ru...(Read More)
Shaping the Preschool Agenda
Shaping the Preschool Agenda (December 1992)
Early Literacy, Public Policy, and Professional Beliefs
Anne McGill-Franzen - Author

Making all children "ready to learn" is the first, and probably the most important, national education goal for the year 2000. What does it mean for children to be "ready to learn?"

This book is about the beliefs of the people who are shaping preschool policy. McGill-Franzen tells us what key decision-makers are thinking about preschool education -- what counts as school, who should pay for it, what should be taught, and especially, whether...(Read More)
Time to Write
Time to Write (July 1992)
The Influence of Time and Culture on Learning to Write
John Sylvester Lofty - Author

"In the world of language education, there emerge few books that have an immediate and telling message--books that startle by the very simplicity and obviousness of what they say. John Lofty has given us just such a volume. One could see the book as another 'critical' attack on schools as they are presently constituted; like Shaughnessy and Heath, Lofty is above that easy answer, and like them he writes out of love for all those he describes. A...(Read More)
Gender and the Journal
Gender and the Journal (February 1992)
Diaries and Academic Discourse
Cinthia Gannett - Author

"This book is a fascinating piece of research. The juxtaposition of linguistics, gender studies, psychology of women, social construction theory, as it informs writing, generally, and journaling, specifically, is a unique and intriguing analysis. The result is very illuminating and addresses the issue of "gendered journals" in a sophisticated and sensitive way." -- Jill Mattnek Tarule, Lesley College

This book explores the gendered historic...(Read More)
Literate Systems and Individual Lives
Literate Systems and Individual Lives (July 1991)
Perspectives on Literacy and Schooling
Edward M. Jennings - Editor
Alan C. Purves - Editor

This book raises important questions concerning the "shame" of illiteracy. What does it mean to students to be drawn into a world where family and friends cannot follow? Can the same person appear literate and illiterate at the same time? Is literacy, for that matter, an either/or condition? Does it "hurt" to be illiterate in more than one language, more than one culture? To whom can literacy education be a threat instead of a promise?

T...(Read More)
Physical Eloquence and the Biology of Writing
Physical Eloquence and the Biology of Writing (July 1990)
Robert S. Ochsner - Author

"This is a fine volume, setting off in a new direction from prior composition books or books on composition. The biological approach is excellent. I think it is an important new book, one that puts a lot of the current fads in composition teaching into a balanced perspective. It is the sort of book that one both agrees with and wants to argue about." -- Alan C. Purves

As a statement about literacy, this book recommends an approach to teach...(Read More)
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