The End of Composition Studies

The End of Composition Studies

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Setting forth an innovative new model for what it means to be a writing teacher in the era of writing across the curriculum, The End of Composition Studies urges a reconceptualization of graduate work in rhetoric and composition, systematically critiques the limitations of current pedagogical practices at the postsecondary level, and proposes a reorganization of all academic units. David W. Smit calls into question two major assumptions of the field: that writing is a universal ability and that college-level writing is foundational to advanced learning. Instead, Smit holds, writing involves a wide range of knowledge and skill that cannot be learned solely in writing classes but must be acquired by immersion in various discourse communities in and out of academic settings. The End of Composition Studies provides a compelling rhetoric and rationale for eliminating the field and reenvisioning the profession as truly interdisciplinarya€”a change that is necessary in order to fulfill the needs and demands of students, instructors, administrators, and our democratic society.Mike Rose studied a€œ445 essay and take-home examination questions as well as paper topics from seventeen departmentsa€ and was able to articulate only a very general sense of ... As such, it is usually taught as writing-to-think, as a way to foster personal reflection on an issue ... knowledge of graphic conventions, to certify their propriety, and to socialize them into good academic mannersa€ ( Textual 66).

Title:The End of Composition Studies
Author:David W Smit
Publisher:SIU Press - 2007-03-29


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