ERIC Number: ED423548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Reason To Believe: Romanticism, Pragmatism, and the Teaching of Writing.
Roskelly, Hephzibah; Ronald, Kate
Addressing the possibility of making positive change in education, this book explores the way that American pragmatism and the rhetoric of North American romanticism work together to create a method for restoring hope to composition and English teachers and responsiveness to the systems they work within. What the book calls "romantic/pragmatic rhetoric" offers teachers a way to locate the roots of their beliefs and methods, to name them, and thus to act to change and challenge systems that have become in William James' phrase "tyrannical machines." Chapters in the book are: (1) Is Teaching Still Possible?; (2) The Doctrine of Use: Seeds of Romantic/Pragmatic Rhetoric; (3) Romantic Dialectics and the Principle of Mediation; (4) Imperfect Theories: The Pragmatic Question of Experience and Belief; (5) A Way of Seeing Is Also a Way of Not Seeing: Whatever Happened to Romanticism and Pragmatism?; (6) Changing the Course of the Stream: Romantic/Pragmatic Perspectives on Systems; and (7) What Difference Does It Make? Romantic/Pragmatic Rhetoric in Action. Contains approximately 200 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, English Instruction, Rhetorical Theory, Romanticism, Teacher Behavior, Theory Practice Relationship, Writing Instruction
State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 ($14.95 paperback).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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