Relevance of English: Teaching That Matters in Students' Lives

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In these 17 chapters, teachers from secondary schools and colleges discuss literacy gaps, gender and race relations, socioeconomic conditions, and public policy issues impacting curriculum. Case studies relate teachers' experiences in these areas, and future prospects for teaching and curriculum development are explored. The emphasis throughout is on the application of education theory to the practical difficulties of teaching English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR...
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In these 17 chapters, teachers from secondary schools and colleges discuss literacy gaps, gender and race relations, socioeconomic conditions, and public policy issues impacting curriculum. Case studies relate teachers' experiences in these areas, and future prospects for teaching and curriculum development are explored. The emphasis throughout is on the application of education theory to the practical difficulties of teaching English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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In these 17 chapters, teachers from secondary schools and colleges discuss literacy gaps, gender and race relations, socioeconomic conditions, and public policy issues impacting curriculum. Case studies relate teachers' experiences in these areas, and future prospects for teaching and curriculum development are explored. The emphasis throughout is on the application of education theory to the practical difficulties of teaching English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814139899
  • Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Refiguring English Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 441

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: The (Ir)relevance of English at the Turn of the Millennium 1
I Contexts: American Culture and the Study of English
1 The Academic Language Gap 23
2 When the Multicultural Leaves the Race: Some Common Terms Reconsidered 36
3 It's Not an Economy, Stupid! The Education-as-Product Metaphor as Viewed from the English Classroom 52
4 Literacy, Gender, and Adolescence: School-Sponsored English as Identity Maintenance 82
5 On the Business of English Studies 105
Exchange: Economies, Politics, and English Studies 127
II Changes: English Classrooms in an Evolving World
6 The High School English Teacher: A Relevant Member in a Good Tribe 143
7 Promoting a Relevant Classroom Literacy: Personal Growth and Communal Action in a Middle Grades Curricular Development Project 157
8 Women in Mind: The Culture of First-Year English and the Nontraditional Returning Woman Student 183
9 Community College English: Diverse Backgrounds, Diverse Needs 204
10 The Relevance of Paulo Freire on Liberatory Dialogue and Writing in the Classroom 221
11 Surviving Intact: African American Women Negotiating Scholarly Identities through Graduate School Writing 235
Exchange: Literacy, Classrooms, and Students' Lives 257
III Futures: English Studies for the New Millennium
12 The Future of English Studies Made Personal, or, The Subversive Act of Teaching Well 277
13 Cybrarians and Scholars in the New English Classroom 298
14 The Past and Future of (Two-Year) College English Studies 307
15 Enacting Cultures: The Practice of Comparative Cultural Study 324
16 Critical Technological Literacy and English Studies: Teaching, Learning, and Action 344
17 The Plural Commons: Meeting the Future of English Studies 382
Exchange: Language, Technology, and the Future of English Studies 401
Afterword 413
Index 421
Editors 435
Contributors 437
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