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ERIC Number: ED465193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 13
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Breaking Down the Playground Gates: A Cultural Studies Composition Course on the World of Work.
Mahaffey, Cynthia
In first year college composition classes, teachers often encounter "writing-resisters"--students who enact their disrespect, students who feel they are better off flirting, students who refuse to turn in papers. In addition, there are students for whom writing seems irrelevant. Teachers can articulate to students verbally and in syllabi, policies, and assignments reasons for asking them to write, and the expectations for their writing which those reasons facilitate. The included syllabus for "Strategies in Writing," a class first taught at Grand Valley State University and later at Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College, shows a cultural studies approach as a means of challenging students to think and write beyond their life experiences to date and to begin to acquire social and academic skills they will need in global and diverse workplaces, with colleagues of "wildly different" races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Through this class, students are encouraged to interrogate and transform their own educations. The structure of this class diffused resistance, and the students performed above professors' high standards. (Contains the syllabus.) (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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