Coming to Class: Pedagogy and the Social Class of Teachers / Edition 1

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Social class continues to be a powerful yet invisible regulator inside American colleges and universities. While the impact of college students' own backgrounds is well-studied, too little attention has been given to the social class histories of those who teach-and even less to the ways teachers' histories affect their relationships with students, who themselves are from a variety of class cultures. This important new book offers that insight.

Coming to Class presents twenty-one original essays on the relationship of pedagogical practice to instructors' social class histories. The contributors, teachers of composition as well as literature, represent every area of English studies-one of the most politically contentious sites in contemporary debates about higher education. They write about the influence of class on their teaching from a diverse set of theoretical positions, subject positions, and socioeconomic realities. One of the greatest strengths of the collection is the fact that most of the contributors are just coming to recognize the role of social class in their own pedagogical practices-in the same ways other teachers are in their classrooms. Together, their voices will further the many conversations that are vigorously underway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867094510
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/26/1998
  • Series: CrossCurrents Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

John McMillan is a doctoral student in English at TCU. He is currently working on a dissertation regarding the intersections among narrative, critical teaching, and writing instruction.

Alan Shepard is Professor and Director of the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Gary Tate is Addie Levy Professor of Literature at TCU, where he teaches courses in working-class literature, composition theory, and writing.

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Table of Contents

Class and Classroom, J. Daniels

Digging Deep, L. DeSalvo

100 Friends and Other Class Issues: Teaching Both In and Out of the Game, J. Ernest

Truth and the Working Classroom, C. Faulkner

Production Values and Composition Instruction: Keeping the Hearth, Keeping the Faith, K. Fitts & A. France

Stupid Clown and the Spirit's Motive: Class Bias in Literary and Composition Studies, O. Frey

Class Conflict in the English Profession, D. Lazere

A Pedagogy of Respect: Teaching as an Ally of Working-Class Students, L. Mackenzie

Academic Life as Middle Ground: A Conversation, C. McDonald & R. McDonald

Seeing Different: A Reflection on Narrative, Abstraction, and Talk About Social Class, J. McMillan

Color and Class, C. Milanes

Intersections of Race and Class in the Academy, B. Moss

Notes from Another Underground: Working-Class Agency and the Educational Process, K. Railey

Living on the Border: Ethotic Conflict and the Satiric Impulse, C. Reeves

Rising and Converging: Race and Class in the South, H. Roskelly

Around the Edges of "The Renaissance": Queer Consciousness and Class Dysphoria, A. Shepard

Passing: A Family Dissemblance, P. Sullivan

Halfway Back Home, G. Tate

An Introduction to Social Scientific Discussion on Class,


Class and Comfort: The Slums and the Greens, E. White

The Job, the Job: The Risk of Work and Uses of Text, J. Zandy

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