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ERIC Number: EJ1005674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
The Historical Problem of Vertical Coherence: Writing, Research, and Legitimacy in Early 20th Century Rhetoric and Composition
Mendenhall, Annie
Composition Studies, v41 n1 p84-100 Spr 2013
This article explores historical debates over the relationship of composition to rhetoric, arguing that these debates resonate with contemporary arguments about first year writing and undergraduate and graduate programs in writing and rhetoric. Analyzing early scholars' articulations of the differing aims of undergraduate and graduate studies, this history outlines the challenges rhetoric and composition has faced in establishing a vertical curriculum (from first year writing to a major to a graduate degree). The conclusion provides a heuristic for program development that accounts for the ways institutional structures and cultural contexts shape curricula. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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