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ERIC Number: ED551792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-3059-3
Mutuality as a Means of Overcoming Student Resistance
Reilly, John Leonard
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Mutuality practice in the composition classroom attempts to create equal subject positions between teachers and students, mitigating the effects of dominant power structures inherent to an authority-driven classroom while showing teachers that their students are fully capable, though fledgling, members of an academic community. Understanding how those mutuality practices create and maintain equal subject positions currently falls under the theoretically broad category of critical pedagogy and requires further study to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This dissertation observed mutuality practices in the composition classroom, specifically those related to classroom dialogue, writing assignments and the ways in which those assignments gathered response, tying those elements together to further theoretical knowledge of why such practices are effective and how they are used to mitigate negative student resistance. Using participant observations, focus groups, brief interviews, course assignments and syllabi, this study has been designed to incorporate feedback from both teachers and students as they cooperatively craft meaning (Wallace & Ewald, 2000) in the composition classroom. [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
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Language: English
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