Reimagining Computers and Composition: Teaching and Research in the Virtual Age

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As a culture, we stand on the edge of a new literacy born of electronic technology. In the workplace, classroom, and in an increasing number of homes, the computer is becoming the tool of the literate citizen as communication increasingly resides in electronic or virtual spaces. Old assumptions about writing and the teaching of writing may no linger hold true in the virtual age; in the dying age of print, we may not be preparing our students for the future demands of literacy. In Re-imagining Computers and ...
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Overview

As a culture, we stand on the edge of a new literacy born of electronic technology. In the workplace, classroom, and in an increasing number of homes, the computer is becoming the tool of the literate citizen as communication increasingly resides in electronic or virtual spaces. Old assumptions about writing and the teaching of writing may no linger hold true in the virtual age; in the dying age of print, we may not be preparing our students for the future demands of literacy. In Re-imagining Computers and Composition, fifteen contributors boldly imagine the future and re-imagine the teaching of writing. They challenge the pedagogical and economic viability of the traditional classroom, describe new roles for writing teachers as technology critics, explore the relationship of chaos theory and rhetoric, link software design to research and teaching, and much more. The essays bring the reader into the future without being futuristic; they raise tomorrow's issues from the perspective of today's research and experience. This provocative collection is for anyone involved in literacy education-teachers, researchers, administrators, and policy-makers. As Edward P.J. Corbett says in the Forward: "This book will have to be a required text in those English Education courses designed to train future teachers of writing in the schools. It should also be on the must-read list of those university courses designed to prepare graduate teaching assistants for teaching freshman composition courses, especially if those courses are taught-as they certainly will be in the near future-in classrooms equipped with a network of personal computers."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780867093070
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/21/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Re-imagining the Profession: Teaching and the Virtual Age 1
Ch. 1 Computers and the Writing Classroom: A Look to the Future 7
Ch. 2 Preparing English Teachers for the Virtual Age: The Case for Technology Critics 24
Ch. 3 Political Impediments to Virtual Reality 43
Ch. 4 Exploring the Implications of Metaphors for Computer Networks and Hypermedia 58
Pt. II Looking Beyond Virtual Horizons: Teaching Writing on Networks 75
Ch. 5 Electronic Meetings of the Minds: Research, Electronic Conferences, and Composition Studies 81
Ch. 6 Breaking Down Barriers: High Schools and Computer Conferencing 102
Ch. 7 Teaching Composition in Tomorrow's Multimedia, Multinetworked Classrooms 115
Ch. 8 Social Epistemic Rhetoric and Chaotic Discourse 131
Pt. III Navigating Virtual Waters: Where Do We Go From Here? 149
Ch. 9 The Virtual Context: Ethnography in the Computer-Equipped Writing Classroom 155
Ch. 10 Computers and Composition Studies: Articulating a Pattern of Discovery 173
Ch. 11 Ringing in the Virtual Age: Hypermedia Authoring Software and the Revival of Faculty-Based Software Development in Composition 191
Ch. 12 What Are They Talking About? Computer Terms That English Teachers May Need to Know 207
Contributors 219
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