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Overview

The 1960s: a time of protests and civil rights marches, sit-ins and speak-outs, free-love rallies and anti-establishment Yip-ins. Yet going largely unnoticed was another powerful revolution: the explosive growth of the two-year college. In The Profession of English in the Two-Year College, those on the front lines of this movement record how they successfully taught a new kind of student in a re-imagined postsecondary institution.

Those students lived at home, worked to make ends meet, and were the first in their families to attend college. They were Vietnam veterans, adults years distant from high school, fulltime workers, and struggling immigrants. To teach them, faculty invented new curricula, novel instructional methods, and innovative teaching materials - and in doing so also invented a blueprint for successful two-year college English teaching.

The Profession of English in the Two-Year College features essays by major figures including Mark Reynolds, Elizabeth Nist, Marilyn Smith Layton, and William Costanzo, concluding with a selective bibliography by Howard Tinberg. Featuring essays about curricular innovation, ESL, the value of professional conferences, and the crucial role that two-year colleges have played in technological innovation, this volume shines a bright light on an institution that has become a mainstay of American higher education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095791
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Series: CrossCurrents Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Reynolds chairs the humanities division and teaches English at Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama and has served on local, state, and national levels for many years including membership on NCTE/CCCC and MLA committees. He edited Two-Year College English: Essays for a New Century (NCTE, 1994), served as the editor for NCTE's Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and has authored numerous articles on teaching composition.

Sylvia Holladay-Hicks is an English professor, administrator, consultant, and writer who has been active in two-year colleges since the early 1960s. She has taught every course offered in the first two years of college English; has served on various state, regional, and national boards and committees; and has published over 200 articles, reviews, and poems. She is the author of The Bedford Guide for College Writers, now in its sixth edition, and Bridges: A Reader for College Writers, forthcoming from Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Sylvia Holladay-Hicks and Mark Reynolds
1 Two-year-college teachers as knowledge makers 1
2 Creating our college, our community, and ourselves 16
3 Lives worth fighting for 27
4 The lesson plan 38
5 Evolution of a writing program 52
6 Lessons from a cactus : divergent teaching in a converging world 60
7 Curriculum innovation : pursuing technology in teaching composition 68
8 Coming of age in ESL : memoirs of a reluctant pioneer 82
9 Roger Garrison (1918-1984) : teacher of teachers 90
10 Developing a writing philosophy 98
11 Reminiscing about a two-year regional conference : two voices/one viewpoint 113
12 Graduate programs for two-year-college faculty : history and future directions 125
13 Teaching English in two-year colleges : a review of selected studies 137
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