ERIC Number: EJ1057187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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Anti-Semitism in First Year Composition
Levy, Matthew; Myers, Gerald M.
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v2 Jul 2011
Robert Cohen, Assistant Professor English at Fairbanks University, has just completed a contentious meeting of his First Year Composition class, which had discussed a paper written by one of the students. Joe Anderson's paper contained statements that have been historically used as anti-Semitic slogans. Cohen attempted to avoid embarrassing Anderson in front of others but felt he must address the issue directly. Despite his efforts to avoid embarrassing Anderson, Cohen was not sure he had been successful. Instead of expressing remorse at his error or a desire to revise his paper to remove the potentially offensive content, Anderson seems more concerned that Cohen will punish him with a bad grade. What could Cohen have done differently to produce a better outcome? What should he do differently next time he teaches the course?
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Control Groups, Social Bias, Classroom Techniques, Interpersonal Competence, Teaching Skills, Social Discrimination, Jews, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Assignments, Student Writing Models, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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