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ERIC Number: EJ879727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
2009 CCCC Chair's Address: The Wonder of Writing
Bazerman, Charles
College Composition and Communication, v61 n3 p571-580 Feb 2010
This article presents a written version of the address the author gave at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) meeting in San Francisco on March 12, 2009. In this address, the author talks about the wonder of writing and discusses how writing has been considered sacred. Reading and writing are associated with inwardness and personal development. Writing facilitates building a parallel world of knowledge that allows individuals to monitor, project, and influence the here-and-now world in which they live. Writing makes communion, bringing together people across space and time in shared attention, meanings, imagination, understanding, and action. The author stresses the role of teachers of writing as bearers of this transformative technology, leading current and future generations into more refined skills, deeper understanding, more complex cooperation, new adventures, greater communion. How fully writing is recognized and supported depends on the teachers' actions--to allow all to achieve their full communicative potential, social power, and intellectual and emotional acuity that writing brings, to allow all to cooperate knowledgably and wisely on the increasingly stressed planet.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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