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Pedagogical Perplexities October 7, 2008

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Process:  The true aspect of this pedagogy would manifest itself as the students dictate what they want to write about and then write it and rewrite, with the teacher merely offering suggestions and not teaching.  More often then not, process instead focuses on how writing is developed and teachers also give little lessons of basics to help the students along.

Expressive:  This one exults the writer and his/her voice, above all things.  The work of writing is in order to discover your voice and where you stand in the world.

Rhetorical:  This one harkens back to rhetorical studies of old and is said to encompass “everything.”  More specifically, rhetorical process can look at the art of persuasion, in whatever form, and how the different aspects of rhetorical situation make up the pieces – especially how the writers’ understanding of ethos, audience and their purpose contribute to their writing.

Cultural Studies:  This pedagogy explores the differences, tensions and partnerships between different aspects like politics, economics, culture, etc.  It is about taking nothing at face value and coming to understand how everything is affected by everything else.

Critical:  Functioning similarly to the cultural studies pedagogy, this one also looks at how things work together/influence each other.  But it is also about giving students the power – stepping back and letting them look at the struggles going on in the world and allowing them the opportunity to work through them for their own benefit, or, even more so, to strive to make a difference outside themselves.

Feminist:  This pedagogy looks at the “other” – what is there that is not being represented, not having its voice heard.  It encourages students to write through a narrative lens to add their voices and contribute the stories in an effort to negate the overreaching oppressive arc.  It is revealing the hidden corners or culture.


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