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ERIC Number: ED357372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 21
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Learning from Our Predecessors: The Work of Fred Newton Scott and George Jardine.
Gaillet, Lynee Lewis
An examination of the work of Fred Newton Scott and George Jardine can help composition scholars and teachers put their contributions into perspective and serve as a guide through present and future transitional periods in the field of composition. Following and composition revolution of the mid 20th century, many theories of composition promoted by Scott (head of the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Michigan from 1903 until 1927) and subsequently lost were reinvented. Ironically, over 100 years earlier, Scott's work too was prefigured by Jardine, professor of philosophy and logic from 1774 to 1824 at the University of Glasgow. Jardine's work was also lost in a call for educational reform. Numerous parallels exist between the theories, pedagogies, and influence of Scott and Jardine. Both men developed their practical educational theories based on their experiences in the classroom and the needs of their students. Both men integrated their theoretical views with common-sense pedagogical advice in accessible published formats, and rarely separated theory from practice. Finally, both men had an interdisciplinary vision of rhetoric. A study of Jardine's and Scott's intense concerns about the integrity of the language, the separation of writing and speaking from communication, and their fears of methodologies that concentrate simply on correctness rather than on the social nature of writing are beneficial to contemporary developments in the field of composition. (Contains 28 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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