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ERIC Number: EJ818652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Curricular Activism: The Writing Major as Counterdiscourse
Howard, Rebecca Moore
Composition Studies, v35 n1 p41-52 Spr 2007
In the introduction to "Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum," the author argued that instituting an advanced curriculum benefits not only the students enrolled in its courses, but also the teachers and students of the first-year sequence: the existence of an advanced curriculum challenges the expectation that "one or two required courses [can] provide all the needed writing instruction for an entire university" ("History" xxi). In this article, the author extends that argument into the realm of ideology: The process of establishing a writing major can challenge the traditional normative vision of writing instruction and offer in its stead a representation of writing as a discipline and its instruction as a part of the intellectual work of the institution. The author believes that the writing major can enact what she and Tracy Carrick have called curricular activism (Howard and Carrick 255-56): while the writing major and its courses should be designed in respectful dialogue with a range of literacy ideologies, it can also be explicitly and overtly constructed around an egalitarian literacy ideology that coheres with disciplinary scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island