Title

Composing Public Space: Teaching Writing in the Face of Private Interests

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Heinemann Boynton/Cook Publishers

Place of Publication

Portsmouth, NH

ISBN/ISSN

0867095989

Abstract

Creating public space allows diverse voices to be heard and engaged. It enables all participants to explore the contradictions, coherences, and conflicts of their identities in relation to one another.

Drawing on multidisciplinary research, Michelle Comstock, Mary Ann Cain, and Lil Brannon explore what counts as research in composition, discuss whose voices matter, and demonstrate how teachers can foster and support diverse classroom perspectives. Composing Public Space:

  • highlights and critiques the problems of privatizing public debate
  • encourages teachers to engage with students in investigating assumptions and ideas
  • provides models and methods for working toward collective action to resist privatization.

Teaching must foster genuine inquiry, critical thinking, and the oral and written representation of individual and collective identities. Composing Public Space invites you to take a stand and make a case for the creation of public space and collective civic engagement in every classroom.

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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