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Title Local knowledges, local practices : writing in the disciplines at Cornell / edited by Jonathan Monroe
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 304 pages) : illustrations
Series Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture
Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture.
Contents Local knowledges, local practices : an introduction / Jonathan Monroe -- TAs and the teaching of writing at Cornell : a historical perspective / Katherine Gottschalk -- Writing without friction / Keith Hjortshoj -- Finding places for writing in a research university : a director's view / Harry E. Shaw -- Writing animals / Elizabeth Oltenacu -- Exoticizing the familiar : familiarizing the exotic / Jane Fajans -- "You can make a difference" : human rights as the subject matter for a first-year writing seminar / Billie Jean Isbell -- Writing from (field) experience / Kathryn S. March -- The invisible city of color, or "I thought this was a course on writing!" / William W. Goldsmith -- Writing in cognitive science : exploring the life of the mind / Michael J. Spivey -- Freshman rhetoric and media literacy / Paul Sawyer -- Toward a community of inquiry : teaching Cornell advanced placement students / Daniel R. Schwarz -- Teaching writing about international relations / Matthew Evangelista -- Writing political science : asking a question then (actually) answering it / Mary Fainsod Katzenstein -- The politics of writing / Rose McDermott -- Translation and appropriation in foreign language and writing classrooms / John Whitman -- Writing religion at Cornell (reflections of a penitent professor) / Ross Brann -- Teaching behavioral ecology through writing / Paul W. Sherman -- Cultivating dialectical imagination / Jennifer E. Whiting -- Writing (not drawing) a blank / Marilyn Migiel -- Writing as a sociologist / Michael Macy -- Afterword : Writing writing / Jonathan Monroe
Summary "With a stated objective that "any person can find instruction in any study," Cornell exemplifies academic diversity. The institution has a long tradition of excellence in writing and is home to one of the oldest academic writing programs. At the core of Cornell's approach is the idea that writing well is a concern that is not limited to one department or field, but is best approached in a multidisciplinary way
"After ten years of teaching, one contributor describes the impact her involvement in the writing program had on her career as "a massive paradigm shift: teaching centered not on what I knew, but what somebody else needed to know."
"The voices collected in this volume encourage faculty and administrators from all disciplines and all institutions to reclaim responsibility for teaching the field-specific writing they want their students to learn, and affirm the importance of good writing as integral to learning in all fields and at all levels of the curriculum."--Jacket
A professor of urban studies also found something unexpected when he began teaching writing to first-year students: "In their concern to produce good writing, to get their ideas straight, and to think logically and use evidence honestly, the students forget to be careful ... As they struggle to write, they become freer to think
I like that!" Another seasoned academician observes, "Teachers, for their part, discover ways to reformulate abstract theoretical constructs into more accessible, useful, and interesting arguments for students to integrate into their own intellectual development. In so doing a teacher has the opportunity to both have an immediate impact on student understanding and to refine and extend the meaning and value of the more abstract work in his or her own writing.""
Thus, writing is taught at Cornell by faculty and graduate students in areas as varied as neurobiology, political science, and Near Eastern studies, among others. In the chapters of Local Knowledges, Local Practices, the faculty of this innovative program candidly share their visions, their practical pedagogical techniques, and the sometimes surprising insights they have gained."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-292) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Cornell University.
Academic writing -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Ithaca.
English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Ithaca.
Interdisciplinary approach in education -- New York (State) -- Ithaca.
Form Electronic book
Author Monroe, Jonathan, 1954-
ISBN 0822973227 (electronic bk.)
9780822973225 (electronic bk.)