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ERIC Number: ED413609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-14
Pages: 13
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Creating Justice in the Classroom by Avoiding "Just-Ness": Developing the Ethical Stance in Composition 101.
Baker, Edith M.
Exposure to racism, prejudice, and stereotypes is common in a student's first experiences in a university setting. Language can be a tool to dispel this lack of knowledge about differences in cultures. Awareness of the negative effects of certain words in the English language is one of the first steps to breaking down barriers of discrimination. English 101 at Bradley University (Illinois) was designed with an emphasis on cultural awareness. The one-semester course, required of all first-year students, also incorporates a philosophy to meet some of Bradley's core commitments to the values of a liberal arts education: that the pursuit of knowledge will be conducted in a spirit of free and open inquiry "where the individual is respected and responsible, where each person is the object and source of humane and civil behavior." Bradley's composition program teaches the student to (1) write accurately, clearly, and effectively; (2) achieve an acceptable level of competency in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; (3) complete all the stages of the writing process successfully; (4) execute the major forms of expository writing effectively; and (5) demonstrate an acceptable degree of competency in research techniques and documentation. To these objectives another can be added: to promote tolerance for diversity by accepting arguments which may be different for each individual. Bradley's emphasis on culture is also evident in Speech Communication, which stresses an awareness of cultural concepts. (A syllabus for English 101 is included. Contains 16 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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