Response to Reform: Composition and the Professionalization of Teaching / Edition 3

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Overview

Response to Reform: Composition and the Professionalization of Teaching critiques the politics of labor and gender biases inherent in the composition workplace that prevent literacy teachers from attaining professional status and respect. Scrutinizing the relationship between scholarship and teaching, Margaret J. Marshall calls for a reconceptualization of what it means to prepare for and enter the field of composition instruction.

            

Interrogating the approach the education system takes to certify teachers without actually “professionalizing” their careers, Marshall contends that these programs rely on outdated rhetorics of labor that only widen the gap between teaching and other professional jobs. Such attempts to re-educate literacy teachers exploit and marginalize their work, and thus prevent them from claiming the status of academic professionals. In providing an overview of the history of and language used to literacy instruction, she also points out that while women are overrepresented in composition instruction, they are underrepresented in tenure track and administrative positions.

To correct and combat these inequities, Marshall advocates an alternate alignment of power structures and rhetorical choices. In a wide-ranging survey that sheds new light on the composition workplace as well as higher education at large, Response to Reform: Composition and the Professionalization of Teaching boldly asks us to do away with the reductive language we inherit from the past that characterize teaching and professionalization, as well as our customary responses to public criticism of education. The result is a new articulation of composition as a meritorious profession.  

 

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“Margaret J. Marshall’s Response to Reform is a thoughtful study of a perennially important subject, reforming college writing instruction. Marshall bases her critique on her own years of experience directing a large, complex writing program. She is particularly insightful about how well-intentioned reform efforts like the Boyer Report run up against entrenched attitudes and structures within higher education.”

—John Brereton, Brandeis University 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809325450
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret J. Marshall, an associate professor of English at the University of Miami, is the author of Contesting Cultural Rhetorics: Public Discourse and Education.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Survival from a Time Now Dead 1
2 Fit to Keep School 18
3 Reshaping Professional Training 63
4 A Mere Factory Hand 93
5 Standing to Speak 143
Works Cited 183
Index 191
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