Time to Write: The Influence of Time and Culture on Learning to Write

Time to Write: The Influence of Time and Culture on Learning to Write

by John Sylvester Lofty

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Time to Write: The Influence of Time and Culture on Learning to Write by John Sylvester Lofty

Teaching on an island off the Maine coast, John Sylvester Lofty encountered students whose resistance to writing was grounded in the tension between time values derived from the changing movements of sun, season, and tide, and the time values of school regulated by the measures of clock and schedule. In this graceful account of his experiences, Lofty uses the voices and writings of students in grades one, two, six, and twelve to dramatize students’ encounters with the school-based cultures of time and literacy. Against the world of the clock and bell, he places the world of the lobster fisher, the clam digger, the farmer, the cook, the scientist, and the writer—people for whom the time to do things evolves from the nature of the task. Drawing on scholarship in language education, social anthropology, and the philosophy of time, Lofty challenges our industrialized models of schooling and critiques the time order of process oriented writing instruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791409022
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/1992
Series: SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

John Sylvester Lofty is Assistant Professor of English Education at the University of New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Ways with Lobsters

2. Work on the Island

3. Fay: Time on the Threshold of Writing

4. Mark: Writing in Grade Six

5. Christie: Writing and the Future

6. Timescapes for Literacy

7. Field Notes: Toward the Future

Appendix Approach: Mapping the Timescapes of Literacy

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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