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ERIC Number: ED359553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 7
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The Composition Teacher as Drudge: The Pitfalls and Perils of Linking across the Disciplines.
Hutchinson, Mary Anne
While the objectives of linking-across-the-curriculum may be laudable, the program as it has evolved only serves to perpetuate every existing stereotype about the place of composition in the curriculum and the role of the composition instructor in the academic setting. Instead of providing an arena in which students encounter shared knowledge between disciplines, it reinforces their perception that the so-called "content courses" are the "important" ones, and that composition is a necessary but tangential aspect of learning. It also puts the composition instructors back in their accustomed place: as Cinderellas who sit among the ashes while the content instructors go to the ball. Many content area instructors, unconsciously or consciously, encourage students in this attitude. They often view the composition teacher as a kind of superior copy editor, and the composition course as a dumping ground for whatever the content area instructors feel needs addressing. What needs to change is the mindset of the composition faculty as a whole. Composition faculty may be able to effect change simply by refusing to participate until the fundamental relationship between content and composition courses is restructured--either with real integration of two divergent disciplines, or by linking with their own content courses. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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