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ERIC Number: EJ1161075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Moffett and Rhetoric
Andrews, Richard
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v17 n3 p251-260 2010
This examination of Moffett's contribution to a theory of school English concentrates on his understanding of rhetoric. It is suggested that the impetus for "Teaching the Universe of Discourse" is dialectical: he was running against currents in English teaching at the time that were literary and technical, as well as the specific practices of sentence combining and embedding. His introduction of rhetoric into debates about school English was a key move, as rhetoric had been seen by American contemporaries as related to higher education and public discourse (and drawing on classical models). Moffett's more generous notion of rhetoric as the "arts of discourse" helped him chart a "larger rhetoric of behaviour" and map out his curriculum and development model. It is a rhetoric that moves beyond the definition of the "art of persuasion" to one based in drama, dialogue and dialectic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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