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ERIC Number: ED464320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 11
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Developing an Activist Writing Program: Possibilities and Challenges.
Adler-Kassner, Linda
This paper poses the question of whether it is possible to teach writing (or work with teachers teaching writing) so that public perceptions of students, and of writing, change. The paper elaborates on the question--Is it possible to: (1) use writing as a way to eradicate deficit-based notions of students and their abilities; and (2) use writing to change public perceptions of the purpose of "writing" and of education more generally? The paper's author states that these questions permeate her teaching and suffuse her work as a writing program administrator (WPA) and contribute to what she thinks of as her role as the director of an "activist" writing program. The paper considers what an activist writing program is, explaining that, like service-learning programs, activist writing programs are concerned with participating in public discussion, but that, unlike service-learning, an activist program does not necessarily link its own interests to those of outside communities. It then discusses several models for activist writing programs. The paper concludes by describing Eastern Michigan University's Celebration of Student Writing--a kind of fair where students create projects based on their research work in a second-semester course and which culminates in a display of projects at the end of the term. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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