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ERIC Number: EJ841116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
"Nothing Educates Us like a Shock": The Integrated Rhetoric of Melvin B. Tolson
Gold, David
College Composition and Communication, v55 n2 p226-253 Dec 2003
This essay examines the pedagogical practices of the poet, civil rights activist, and teacher Melvin B. Tolson who taught at Wiley College from 1923 to 1947. Tolson's complex classroom style, which mixed elements of classical, African American, and current-traditional rhetoric, produced a pedagogy that was at once conservative, progressive, and radical, inspiring his students to academic achievement and social action. Tolson demonstrates that it is possible to instruct students in the norms of the academy without sacrificing their home voices or identities. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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