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ERIC Number: ED354533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 10
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The New Breed of Graduate Programs: Preparing for the Changing Market.
Hellwig, Harold A.
The current recessionary market has destabilized national hiring practices in the fields of literature and composition in the United States. Some predict a growth in academic openings in the next several years, but the trend is a shrinking of the job market. In response, graduate programs may need to return to the basics of teaching writing and literature at all levels, rather than the current trend of specialization. Graduate studies should begin to refocus on teaching skills in response to the changing job reality. While enrollments burgeon, many universities are faced with salary and hiring freezes, causing a dangerous dependence on temporary faculty. Also expanding are various kinds of writing courses which are being increasingly offered, like cross-curricular writing and technical writing. Graduate students in English should take courses in rhetoric and stylistics, composition theory, academic writing in all major disciplines, the history and principles of higher education, and the teaching of literature. Rather than focusing on specialized and theoretical inquiries into a literary or theoretical topic, this more generalized curriculum would better prepare the kinds of teachers the universities are more likely to need in the near future. In short, higher education in English must take the training principle seriously, so that graduate students are trained to teach the general service courses which are the mainstay of English departments nationwide. (A short list of recommended texts for use as a Graduate Studies core is attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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