Reinventing The University: Literacies And Legitimacy In The Postmodern Academy

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Christopher Schroeder spends almost no time disputing Bartholomae's famous essay, but throughout ReInventing the University, he elaborates an approach to teaching composition that is at odds with the tradition that essay has come to represent.

On the other hand, his approach is also at odds with elements of the pedagogies of such theorists as Berlin, Bizzell, and Shor. Schroeder argues that, for students, postmodern instability in literacy and meaning has become a question of the legitimacy of current discourse of education. Schroeder is committed, then, to constructing literacies jointly with students, and by so doing to bring students to engage more deeply with education and society.

This does not mean he abandons traditional discourse or traditional practice in the classroom; rather, tradition becomes only one voice among many, instead of the dominating one. ReInventing the University is an extended discussion of why Schroeder feels this is necessary, how he tries to construct literacies that have legitimacy with students, and what his experiences could mean for classrooms, departments, and disciplines.

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Editorial Reviews

Schroeder (Writing Across the Curriculum program, Long Island U.-C.W. Post campus) critiques the current "crisis in literacy" as reflecting cultural issues more than deficits in literacy skills. He dissects the context of conventional academic literacies in US higher education via an analysis of English studies' textbooks; and presents students' and colleagues' narratives on his constructed literacies approach. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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In Reinventing The University: Literacies And Legitimacy In The Postmodern Academy, Christopher Schroeder presents an impressive, ground-breaking, thought-provoking, scholarly and seminal contribution to pedagogical studies in composition and student participation in curriculum development. Reinventing The University is a unique and very highly recommended contribution to postmodernism educational studies collections, Schroeder's challenging and informative text is enhanced for students and scholars with Endnotes, Works Cited, and an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874214093
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Reread(writ)ing the Contemporary Crisis in Literacy 1
Interlude: Early Efforts to Read/Write Constructed Literacies 32
1 The Cultural Capital of the Academy 39
Interlude: Read(Writ)ing Classrooms with Department Chairs 70
2 Postmodern Critical Literacies 85
Interlude: Read(Writ)ing Classrooms with Students I 122
3 Constructed Literacies 126
Interlude: Read(Writ)ing Classrooms with Students II 169
4 ReInventing the University 174
Interlude: Read(Writ)ing Constructed Literacies with Colleagues 222
Epilogue 233
Endnotes 242
Works Cited 254
Index 265
About the Author 268
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