On Literacy and Its Teaching
Issues in English Education
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This book recognizes and embraces the complexities of modern English teaching. It presents English teachers and teacher educators with a critical view of current professional issues and concerns in the belief that these groups need, and want, to participate in curricular and professional reform movements that affect them and their students.
The book examines such issues as the interconnectedness of the study of language, literature, and composition; curricular problems in language instruction in teacher education; the relationship between our traditional notions of literature study and our emerging view of literacy in the contemporary information age; and the ways in which current theory and research can be translated into innovative designs for the teaching of written composition.
On Literacy and Its Teaching is a powerful response to the current challenge for innovation and change in English teacher education. With its broad scope, it provides a balanced overview and timely analysis of the field of English Education.
Gail E. Hawisher is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Purdue University. Anna O. Soter is Assistant Professor in English Education at The Ohio State University.
"I like this book most for its attempt to link professional concerns, research and theory. It brings us beyond simplistic dichotomies, skills-based approaches to evaluation, testing, teaching, and knowing. All teachers, but particularly pre-service teachers, should be made aware of these complexities." — Susan Hynds, Syracuse University
"This is an excellent text. It does not duplicate the things-to-do-for-Monday strand, which we have all too much of, but rather shows that what we know and believe determine what we do. The essays represent the best thinking in English Education. The approach is exactly right." — Thomas McCracken, Youngstown University