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ERIC Number: EJ776662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen: A Multifield Approach for Today's Composition Students
Accardi, Steven; Davila, Bethany
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v35 n1 p54-61 Sep 2007
For years, educators have approached college writing from three distinct pedagogies: composition studies, basic writing, and ESL. But now as these classrooms have diversified, mixed, and blended, separated pedagogies are no longer effective. In other words, these three fields (each with its own journals and conferences) have the same common goal--academic literacy--but are working separately instead of together, like too many cooks in a kitchen. Consequently, in this article, the authors propose ways in which these three fields can work together in the same classroom, which will benefit students and teachers alike. First they examine the evolving histories and pedagogies of the three fields. Then, they explore the definitions and categories of students to which these fields cater. Finally, they offer practical suggestions for teaching writing to diverse groups of students who represent all three fields. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A