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ERIC Number: ED453557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Pre-Creating the HyperNews Classroom Community: (Not)Speaking, (Not)Writing the Subtext.
Satie, Stephanie
As two groups of teachers met to set up a HyperNews network for a grant project, it became clear that politics cannot be kept out of the classroom. In creating a community of diverse writers via HyperNews, six composition classes were linked for online discourse among departments: Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Pan African Studies, and English participated in each group. Students may satisfy their composition requirements through any of these departments, and all composition teachers are accustomed to ethnically and racially diverse classes. This paper focuses on the group the author participated in as a freshman composition instructor. The paper relates how at planning meetings, the multicultural group chose only the texts no one objected to, and when writing prompts, the group members never ventured beyond their own "tribal interests." It states that the undiscussed subtext of the group meetings reflected their choices or lack thereof. The paper finds that the students' faceless, if not nameless, discourse in cyberspace succeeded in spite of the instructors' inability to forge such discourse among themselves. It suggests that, spoken or unspoken, individuals' cultural baggage and politics accompany them, rendering them "political" whether spoken or stifled. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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