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ERIC Number: ED015946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
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REFLECTIONS ON "THE COLLEGE TEACHING OF ENGLISH."
SHARPLESS, F. PARVIN
THE DISCUSSION IN THIS EXTENSIVE CRITICAL REVIEW OF "THE COLLEGE TEACHING OF ENGLISH" (NCTE CURRICULUM SERIES, 1965) INCLUDES NOT ONLY AN APPRAISAL OF THE BOOK BUT ALSO A CRITICISM OF TEACHERS AND SCHOLARS WHO FAIL TO CONSIDER THE THEORETICAL ORIENTATION OF THEIR PROFESSION. THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE VIEWED DIFFERENTLY BY THE "TRADITIONALIST," THE "LIBERAL," OR THE "SNOPESIAN CAREERIST." CATEGORIES SUCH AS THESE FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE PREMISES AND ASSUMPTIONS BEHIND JUDGMENTS MADE BY TEACHERS AND CRITICS OF LITERATURE WHICH MUST BE UNDERSTOOD AND CONSIDERED IN ANY PROGRAM OF REFORM. THIS IS WHY THE VOLUME OF PREDOMINANTLY TRADITIONALIST ESSAYS ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH IS DISAPPOINTING, ESPECIALLY IN THE ABSENCE OF A CHAPTER DEVOTED TO STUDENTS. MOST OF THE AUTHORS INCLUDED FAIL TO CONSIDER THE BASIC QUESTIONS OF WHAT THE STUDY OF LITERATURE IS, WHAT IT CAN ACCOMPLISH, AND HOW THESE GOALS MAY BE BEST REALIZED. WAYNE C. BOOTH'S DISCUSSION OF "THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM" AND MURRAY KRIEGER'S "THE DISCIPLINE OF LITERARY CRITICISM" ARE NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS. ROGER MCCUTCHEON'S VIEWS, HOWEVER, REPRESENT THE OLD TRADITIONALIST SCHOOL WHICH ADVOCATES OFTEN TEDIOUS BIBLIOGRAPHIC WORK AND ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "COLLEGE ENGLISH," VOLUME 29, NUMBER 1, OCTOBER 1967, PAGES 32-39. (BN)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
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