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ERIC Number: EJ1080528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
An Intimate Discipline? Writing Studies, Undergraduate Majors, and Relational Labor
Geiger, T. J., II
Composition Studies, v43 n2 p92-112 Fall 2015
This article takes survey and interview responses from undergraduate writing majors in two independent writing programs as points of departure for reflection on the disciplinary work of writing studies. Though scholarship about writing majors focuses on these programs as sites for the distribution of disciplinary expertise, students in this study placed significant attention on teachers' relational labor. By focusing on teachers' demonstrations of care, students invite consideration of central concerns in writing studies: the relationship of disciplinary knowledge to teaching, the value students derive from advanced writing instruction, and the labor dynamics mobilized within writing major programs. Ultimately, while sometimes appearing to mobilize gendered cultural scripts that historically marginalized writing instruction and writing instructors, student comments about relationships suggest the importance of disciplined, informed care in disciplinary work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York