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ERIC Number: ED463547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-9
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Hip Hop WAC: Students Redefine Writing in a Junior High School Technology Camp.
Wills, Katherine V.
When a University of Louisville Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) director, a team of graduate students, and an instructor designed a free summer computer camp program for disadvantaged middle schoolers, they imagined that the middle schoolers would respond to the first instruction as if the educators had restrained them in technological and epistemological straitjackets. Middle schoolers refused to behave as the teachers had imagined. The ways of writing the educators had planned were not the ways of writing middle schoolers envisioned. This paper argues that most of the divergence between middle schoolers' behavior and the graduate teachers' expectations were situated in the contact zone between class-bred class differences between Hip-Hop techno black culture and bourgeois values of the educators. The paper provides the following: an overview of the camp; its objectives; participant demographics; how the Hip Hop culturalization manifested itself in certain classroom practices; and what makes an effective good Hip Hop "gansta" writer who knows his or her audience or "posse." It also delineates a "hermenuetics of Hip Hop." The paper concludes that the middle schoolers "wrote across the curriculum" by writing with and about technology. They wrote in color and sound for themselves and their community, and through writing, the middle schoolers took power. Transcriptions from the computer camp are appended. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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