By Gary Tate, Christina Russell McDonald, Robert L. McDonald
"By its association and its contents, this selection of essays plays at the least very important features for lecturers of writing: it demonstrates that the paintings of our contemporary prior continues to be precious, and it contributes to the efforts of modern years to bridge the distance among conception and perform. this type of new imaginative and prescient of our background and a brand new point of realizing among practitioners and theorists may provide the basis for a extra efficient, enlightened disciplinary future," explains Gary Tate within the foreword to this assortment. educating Writing: Landmarks and Horizons, edited by way of Christina Russell McDonald and Robert L. McDonald, is designed to provide an summary of a few of the key advancements within the institution of composition stories as a box prior to now thirty-five years. The essays are theoretically grounded yet are occupied with pedagogy to boot. Divided into elements, the 1st provides 9 landmark essays, chosen and brought by means of extraordinary composition students, and the second one brings jointly 8 new essays through rising students.
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Often it is the behavior of some person other than the one manifesting symptoms which must be changed to allow a permanent cure. 16 The non-summativity of open systems has implications not only for the teaching of composition, but for research in composition and composition pedagogy as well. Empirical research has begun to be extremely useful in our field. It has, however, failed to isolate the independent variables which define good writing or those which define good pedagogy. As we all know, moreover, there is a contradiction between our sense that we sometimes succeed in teaching people to write better and research findings.
In a physicist named Michelson did an experiment which seemed to demonstrate that light did not obey the law of simple addition. For several decades the physicists, who like everybody else believed in arithmetic, tried to find his mistake. Much like undergraduates in the laboratory who get the “wrong” results, they repeated his experiment, trying to get different results or to find alternate inductions. Finally Einstein assumed that Michelson’s experiment was accurate and that the laws of arithmetic needed revision.
The trick will be to combine our resources by transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. The primary educational function of the humanities has always transcended content: no one studies Hamlet or the history of the Roman Empire because of the factual content has direct utility. The task of the humanities is to teach human-ness; the students’ reward is not information so much as it is the raising or expansion of their consciousness such that they can better comprehend, order, evaluate and control their experience.