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ERIC Number: EJ1097377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Freshman Composition and the Internet: Re-Assessing a Problematic Relationship
Bowers, Terence
CEA Forum, v35 n2 Sum-Fall 2006
For some time now the Internet has been part of our daily lives and has affected the way academic writing is taught and the way students study. This article reflects on how the Internet affects the teaching of composition, and assesses the relationship of professors of writing and literature to the electronic revolution taking place. The author suggests that rather than pretend that the digital and print worlds can be easily integrated, perhaps we should recognize that they are in tension with each other, and see Freshman Composition as the place where students learn essential skills and modes of knowledge acquisition that are not neatly compatible with digital media. Rather than expand the classroom into cyberspace and integrate new electronic technologies into teaching--as teachers are urged to do--a truly bold pedagogical innovation might be to wall off Freshman Composition from the electronic devices that now govern students' mental habits. Perhaps we should see Freshman Composition as the domain of the printed word where the intellectual skills inherent in it are learned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
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