"The book is both thought provoking and enjoyable to read and should be read by both novice and long-time college professors of reading and writing." - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
None of the current books on theory deals with students from rural rather than urban backgrounds-first-generation college students whose behaviors do not match those described in the usual texts on basic writers . . . middle-class, working students who grew up in an isolation that affects the way they look at school, learning, and knowledge . . . older students who are willing to risk failure to make a better life for their families.
In" It's Not Like That Here," Marcia Dickson provides a clearer picture of what is actually happening in this kind of a classroom. She believes that once you identify your students' needs, you can work to overcome their problems. Her book outlines a course of study, recommends ways of using ethnographic research to draw students in, interprets reading/writing strategies that mark basic writers and readers, and offers examples of assignments as well as ways to evaluate students. Theory and practice are combined in such a way that you see how one informs the other.
Dickson has invented a term to describe the type of reading/writing classroom outlined in her book: the Distanced/Personal Classroom. This classroom incorporates students' personal experiences with the theories of academics to promote a better understanding of both.
"It's Not Like That Here" will appeal to teachers at two- and four-year colleges who hope to establish a connection between the academic and non-academic communities.
About the Author :
Marcia Dickson has contributed to Its Not Like That Here/Teaching Academic Writing and Reading to Novice Writers: Teaching Academic Writing and Reading to Novice Writers as an author.
Marcia Dickson, associate professor of English at the Ohio State University at Marion, teaches developmental writing, advanced composition, and composition pedagogy. Her interest in composition studies began as a graduate student at SUNY Stony Brook, where she was involved in the development of Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff's innovative portfolio assessment program. She and Pat Belanoff coedited the first comprehensive study of portfolio assessment, Portfolios: Process and Product (Boynton/Cook, 1991). For the past five years, she as been the project director for an Early English Composition As
|Title:||Its Not Like That Here/Teaching Academic Writing and Reading to Novice Writers: Teaching Academic Writing and Reading to Novice Writers||Publisher:||Boynton/Cook Publishers|
|Author:||Marcia Dickson, Dickson|
|No. of Pages:||210|
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