Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Books, Books, Books

These came in the mail today--anyone for a book chat?

1. Embodied Literacies: Imageword and a Poetics of Teaching, Fleckenstein

2. Bootstraps: From an American Academic on Color, Villanueva

3. Representing the "Other" : Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing, Horner and Lu

4. Weaving a Virtual WebGruber, ed.

5. Border Talk: Writing and Knowing in the Two-Year College, Tinberg

Looks like Border Talk is going to be the first one up. In the midst of midterms, I may not be able to post here as much as I'd like, but I'd like to get a conversation going about T's ideas. What do you think?


At 2:51 AM, Blogger jocalo said...

Some good stuff here. Victor's book provides really important insights into his initiation into academia. He came to the university by way of a community college after military service. He conveys some ambivalence about his experience in the community college. I'd be interested in how others respond to that portion of his narrative.

Horner and Lu offer a lot of provocative insights into what I regard the more political view of basic writing int he context of the university. They virtually ignore the community college as a primary site for both basic writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing. I have expressed my frustration with this approach by university-based scholars, especially good people like Bruce and Min-Zhan, in a number of other places.

Howard's book is a rich treatment of a group of community college faculty working together over the summer to develop a writing center program at his college. He interweaves his narrative with references to the wider composition literature. I was privileged to review Howard's book in manuscript and recommend its publication. We need about five more books like it from different community college settings around the country if we're going to really develop the picture of community college composition.

At 2:51 AM, Blogger jocalo said...

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At 11:36 AM, Blogger Rosa G. said...

I agree. We need to see more studies of cc faculties to get a better sense of who we are as a national group. For example, many of those in Tinburg's group had educational backgrounds similar to their students. I'd like to hear from people who have had dissimilar experiences.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger clc said...

It's been a while since I read Tinberg, so I need to pull it out again.

John, you're absolutely right about the dearth of scholarship on teaching English in two-year colleges. We have TETYC, but full-length studies--good ones--are rare. And while some of what university folk may say about basic writing is useful to us, I see in my classrooms a basic writing population that is moving further and further from the one I used to teach at a university, and no one is talking about them. I have seen in my brief eight years at my college an increase in basic writing sections of near 50% per semester, and the students are as varied in background and ability as can be imagined.


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