Constructing Literacies: a Reader for College Writers

Constructing Literacies: a Reader for College Writers

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CONSTRUCTING LITERACIES is a collection of readings that focus on cultures of learning-the multiple literacies that students need for negotiating higher education and beyond.
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  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 162.6 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 884.52g
  • Heinle & Heinle Publishers Inc.,U.S.
  • Florence, United States
  • English
  • 0155074741
  • 9780155074743

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"This text avoids repeating essays likely to surface in 75 percent of all readers and takes aim at the college student 's basic intellectual need: to be encouraged and enabled to consider seriously what college education involves." "I appreciated the effort the author made to include selections that are not traditional sorts of reading selections. The lists of statistics and questionnaire reports, for example, or the selections drawn from Internet sources, are interesting in themselves, but also offer self-evident support to the author 's basic premise that there exist differing cultures of learning-all of which are appropriate fields for the student to examine."
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Table of contents

1. LITERACY NARRATIVES. Mike Rose - I Just Wanna Be Average from Lives on the Boundary. Frederick Douglass - Chapter VII from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. Helen Keller - The Day Language Came into My Life from The Story of My Life. Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) - The School Days of an Indian Girl from Atlantic Monthly. Mary Antin - Initiation from The Promised Land. Andrea R. Fishman - Becoming Literate: A Lesson from the Amish from The Right to Literacy. Richard Rodriguez - Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood from The American Scholar. Malcolm X - Saved from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Lydia Minatoya - Transformation from Talking to High Monks in the Snow. George Steiner - Heraldry from Granta. Suggestions for Further Reading, Thinking, and Writing. 2. THE PURPOSE OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION. Introduction. Committee of the Corporation and Academic Faculty - from Reports on the Course of Instruction in Yale College. Richard H. Hersh - Intentions and Perceptions: A National Survey of Public Attitudes toward Liberal Arts Education from Change. Wayne Booth - Is There Any Knowledge that Men and Women Must Have? from The Knowledge Most Worth Having and The Vocation of a Teacher. Mark Edmundson - On the Uses of a Liberal Education: I. As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students from Harper's Magazine. Martha C. Nussbaum - The Old Education and the Think-Academy from Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Denise K. Magner - Professors and Influential Alumni Join Forces to Protect Brooklyn College's Core Curriculum from The Chronicle of Higher Education. George R. Houston, Jr. - Bury the Liberal vs. Professional Arts Debate from Education. Lisa Schmeiser - Do Geeks Need to Go to College? from Salon Magazine Suggestions for Further Reading, Thinking, and Writing. 3. LITERACIES FOR A DIVERSE WORLD. Introduction. E. D. Hirsch - Literacy and Cultural Literacy and The Appendix List from Cultural Literacy. Rich Simonson and Scott Walker - Introduction and The Appendix List from Multicultural Literacy. Alan C. Purves - General Education and the Search for a Common Culture from Cultural Literacy and the Idea of General Education. Paulo Freire- The Banking Concept of Education from Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Benjamin R. Barber - America Skips School from Harper's Magazine. James Moffett - Censorship and Spiritual Education from The Right to Literacy. Svi Shapiro - A Parent's Dilemma: Public vs. Jewish Education from Tikkun. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - The Debate Has Been Miscast from the Start from Boston Globe. Claire Oberon Garcia - Emotional Baggage in a Course on Black Writers from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Clara Sue Kidwell - The Vanishing Native Reappears in the College Curriculum from Change. Carlos E. Cortes - Pluribus & Unum: The Quest for Community Amid Diversity from Change. Suggestions for Further Reading, Thinking, and Writing. 4. CYBERLITERACY. Introduction. Janet H. Murray - Lord Burleigh's Kiss from Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace. Laura Miller - from The New York Times Book Review. Kevin Hunt - The Cultural Currency of the Book from CMC Magazine Sven Birkerts - Perseus Unbound from The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Paul Roberts - Virtual Grub Street from Harper's Magazine. Kelly McCollum - Ramping Up to Support 42,000 Student Computers on a Single Campus from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Todd Oppenheimer - The Computer Delusion from Atlantic Monthly. Gertrude Himmelfarb - A Neo-Luddite Reflects on the Internet from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Barbara Kantrowitz - Men, Women, and Computers from Newsweek. John Tierney - Women Ease into Mastery of Cyberspace from The New York Times. John N. Hickman - Cybercheats: Term-Paper Shopping Online from The New Republic. Suggestions for Further Reading, Thinking, and Writing. 5. AN EDUCATION OF ONE'S OWN. Introduction. This Year's Freshmen: A Statistical Profile from Chronicle of Higher Education. Ben Gose - U. of Chicago Social Life May No Longer Be an Oxymoron from Chronicle of Higher Education. The Absence of Girls in the Current Debate on Education and Achievement and Participation: What Do the Data Show? from How Schools Shortchange Girls: The AAUW Report: A Study of Major Findings on Girls and Education and Course-Taking Patterns from Gender Gaps: Where Schools Still Fail Our Children. Judith Kleinfield - Student Performance: Males versus Females from The Public Interest. Robert A. Rhoads - Gay Liberation and the Passage of the Sexual Orientation Clause at Penn State from Freedom's Web: Student Activism in an Age of Cultural Diversity. D. Stanley Eitzen - Big-Time College Sports from Vital Speeches of the Day. Kathleen Green - Traditional Degrees, Nontraditional Jobs: A Degree Is Not a Life. Sentence from Occupational Outlook Quarterly. Jane Tompkins - The Cloister and the Heart from A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned. Suggestions for Further Reading, Thinking, and Writing. For Further Reading and Exploration. Index.
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