Composing Knowledge Readings for College Writers

ISBN-10: 0312153139
ISBN-13: 9780312153137
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rolf Norgaard
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List price: $68.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

Higher education has its own rules -- rules about who is heard, what counts as knowledge, what works as persuasion. They are conventions that must be learned -- and taught. So it is no wonder that for new students, college can be a confusing place.Composing Knowledgeasks students to examine their assumptions about learning. It provides them with a training ground for the sometimes disquieting experience of higher education, giving them the tools with which to understand their experience. For instructors, it offers provocative academic readings they themselves find engaging, allowing them to connect their scholarly interests to student experience. The readings explore the role of language in learning, the conventions of the classroom, the nature of persuasion, the importance of collaboration, the force of gender, the impact of technology, and the power of the image. When students contend with these issues, they see the ways that scholars view them, and enter the academic conversations that shape their college years -- and their future professional and civic lives.

Alternate Contents
Preface for Instructors
Preface for Students
Introduction
Knowing and Composing
Reading the Conversation
"Agonism in the Academy: Surviving Higher Education's Argument Culture" [annotated essay]
Joining the Conversation
Into the Field
Joining the Conversation
Learning the Language
"The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society"
"Learning the Language"
"It Takes a Tribe"
"The Language of Discretion"
"Public Literacy: Puzzlements of a High School Watcher"
"From Outside, In"
Dancing with Professors
"Entering the Conversation"
"Disliking Books at an Early Age"
"Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose"
"Between the Drafts"
Inventing the University
Constructing Classrooms
"Professors, Students, and the Syllabus"
"Angels on a Pin: The Barometer Story"
"Other Voices, Other Rooms"
"New Words, New Worlds"
"Where is the Classroom?"
Writing the University
"Literacy and the Politics of Education"
"Inventing the University"
"Two Metaphors for Learning" and "The Novice Writer"
"Why We Read"
"The 'Banking' Concept of Education"
"What Are Universities For?"
Persuading Each Other
Frames of Reference
"Of Ideas and Data"
"The Lost Art of Political Argument"
"What is Science?"
"Story Skeletons and Story-Fitting"
"Metaphors We Live By"
Arguing in Communities
"Community or Communities?"
"The Idea of a University--As Seen by a Rhetorician"
"Body Ritual among the Nacirema"
"In the Grooves of Academe"
"Soft Sciences are often Harder than Hard Sciences"
Engagements
Collaborations
"Talking Back to Books: In Defense of Marginalia"
"Why Write ... Together?"
"Making the Most of Knowledgeable Peers"
"The Talent Myth: Are Smart People Overrated?"
"The Essential Tension: Tradition and Innovation in Scientific Research"
Border Crossings
"Conversational Ballgames"
"A Visit to the Museum"
"Arts of the Contact Zone"
(En)gendering Knowledge
Speaking of Gender
"How Male and Female Students Use Language Differently"
"Bitch"
"Power: Women and the Word"
"Homophobia: Why Bring It Up?"
Minding Gender
"Girl"
"The Men We Carry in our Minds"
"Women's Brains"
"The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles"
Learning Technology
Virtual Communities
"In Your Facebook.com"
"Virtual Student, Digital Classrooms"
"Cyberliteracy: Toward a New Internet Consciousness"
"Bringing Familiar Baggage to the New Frontier: Gender Differences in Computer-Mediated Communication"
Minding the Machines
"Perseus Unbound"
"Absolute PowerPoint: Can a Software Package Edit our Thoughts?"
"Writing Culture"
Seeing and Believing
Mind's Eye
"Seeing"
"The White Bird"
"In Plato's Cave"
"The Mind's Eye"
"Truth and Stereotype"
Witnessing the Image
"Photography and Belief"
"Witnessing"
"From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America's Wars"
"Globalizing Terror"

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