Expanding Literacies: English Teaching and the New WorkPlace

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Expanding Literacies presents eighteen fresh essays that explore how English teaching at both secondary and post-secondary levels can be made more work-relevant. The book shows teachers, administrators, and workplace trainers how to put aside disabling dichotomies of school versus work in favor of preparing students with new skills for new workplaces. Within a theoretical context that encourages development of situated uses of language, the volume identifies ways to reshape traditional English classes so that ...
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Overview

Expanding Literacies presents eighteen fresh essays that explore how English teaching at both secondary and post-secondary levels can be made more work-relevant. The book shows teachers, administrators, and workplace trainers how to put aside disabling dichotomies of school versus work in favor of preparing students with new skills for new workplaces. Within a theoretical context that encourages development of situated uses of language, the volume identifies ways to reshape traditional English classes so that students are prepared to be successful in work environments that demand teamwork, problem solving, and complex communication skills. Some chapters examine the escalating literacy demands of specific workplaces: manufacturing, health care, chemical and nuclear industries, and high-tech settings. Other chapters examine what we currently do in schools and describe new models and theoretical approaches to better equip students for a changing workplace. The book has a wealth of practical ideas for structuring classrooms, making assignments, and choosing materials that will help students make the transition from school to work.
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In light of rapid and radical changes in the American workplace, urges teachers to adopt an expansion of traditional notions of English but also maintain a commitment to a strong liberal arts foundation and humanistic goals. Seeks the best fit between what schools have traditionally taught and the kinds of skills and abilities currently being sought by employers in various workplaces. The perspectives include working English for 21st- century schools and colleges, training and communicating in the nuclear power industry, creating partnerships for literacy in the college workplace, and exemplary coalitions between businesses and schools. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Of Work and English 3
2 Toward a Working English for Twenty-First-Century Schools and Colleges 21
3 Work in Transition: Trends and Implications 55
4 Technology, Education, and Workplaces of the Future: A Parent's View 81
5 Beyond Basics: Workplace Skills in the New Manufacturing Environment 99
6 Technical and Political Literacy: Training and Communicating in the Nuclear Power Industry 119
7 Literacy Practices in the Healthcare Industry: The Challenge for Teachers 133
8 Workers at Risk: Or, How You Read and Write Might Save Your Life 153
9 Transferring Writing Knowledge to the Workplace, Are We on Track? 179
10 Adjusting School Writing Curricula to Reflect Expanded Workplace Writing 201
11 Tech-Prep Concepts and the English Classroom: All Students Must Be Work-Ready 225
12 Secondary Technical Communication: Moving Beyond Vocational English 247
13 Workplace Literacy and the Two-Year College: Democratic Vistas 265
14 Preparing All Students for the New Workplace Literacy: Avenues for English Instruction in High Schools and Colleges 285
15 Creating Partnerships for Literacy in the College Workplace 299
16 The Oregon Initiative: Pursuing America's Choice for High Skill Schooling 315
17 Partnerships: Intellectual and Institutional Relationships between Education and Business 341
18 Forging New Partnerships: Exemplary Business/School Coalitions 359
Contributors 371
Index 379
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