ERIC Number: EJ1072932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Where's the Rhetoric?
Rives, Ashley; Olsen, Allison Wynhoff
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v59 n2 p161-170 Sep-Oct 2015
At the university level, rhetoric dominates conversations surrounding writing pedagogy, yet preservice English language arts teachers are not typically instructed to teach rhetorically. Although the stated exigence of the Common Core State Standards is to prepare students to be college and career ready, this analysis suggests misalignment. This research analyzed how "rhetoric" is used in the Common Core and how the Standards indicate what is necessary for writing in college. Findings indicate that "rhetoric" is used implicitly rather than explicitly and as a tool rather than a theory. The Common Core also promotes a progression of prescriptive writing tasks, a language of power, and a preference for logic over emotion. Rather than promote readiness, the Standards perpetuate the gap between secondary and postsecondary writing experiences.
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Language Arts, English Curriculum, State Standards, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Alignment (Education), Articulation (Education), Writing Skills, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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