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ERIC Number: ED545493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-7056-7
Towards Public Professionalism: A Pentadic Intervention in Debate between the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Webber, Jim.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of New Hampshire
In this project, I propose an alternate rhetorical strategy for literacy educators (K-16) seeking to enter debates over common standards for "college- and career-readiness" in literacy. I argue that the NCTE's current strategy fails to invite public participation in debate, and to remedy this situation, I suggest educators employ Kenneth Burke's pentad to sponsor public inquiry into the standards. When the CCSI claims its standards will ensure that all students "demonstrate independence as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners," I suggest educators ask: in what situations do students demonstrate independence? With whom or for whom? For what purposes? Using what methods? Answers to these questions reveal the diversity of students' literacy experiences and expose the inadequacy of the Common Core standards to encompass teaching and learning. This invitational rhetorical strategy still advances the NCTE's professional values but also allows for greater public participation in debate. I call this strategy "public professionalism" and situate it in the Deweyan tradition of rhetorical action for public engagement. I conclude this project with suggestions for literacy educators seeking to enter public debates over the goals and measures of their practice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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