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ERIC Number: ED358471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-1
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Voice of a Composition Person in the Midst of Disciplinary Diversity.
Huff, Linda
A graduate student who was the only composition person in a two semester teaching seminar experienced the dilemma of defining and establishing that identity in the midst of a classroom struggle between cultural studies and literary theorists on one side and creative writers on the other. The factious teaching seminar mirrored the fact that English departments are becoming more theory-centered and that composition specialists must identify those ideological pedagogies they uphold in their classrooms. The seminar of new teaching assistants engaged in clearly dichotomous conversations: those using ideological language occupied one camp and those using writerly language occupied another. As she struggled to find her own voice within this din of competing discourses born of disciplinary diversity, the composition person began to develop a pedagogical stance that cultivates student recognition and utilization of the power of language through teaching practices based on concepts of authority and authorship. This teacher's perception of herself as someone who writes, as well as her teacherly intuition about the practicality of concentrating on students and the writing they produce led her to appreciate and adopt the more writerly language spoken by the creative writers. (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A