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 writerpeople 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.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series|
|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
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