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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.


Who Would Win? September 17, 2008

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Booth and Berlin

How about these rhetorical theorists?

Introducing Wayne C.  Booth and James A. Berlin














Booth and Bones

FBI Agent and Forensic Anthropologist

Introducing Agent Seeley Booth and

Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan











Process Pedagogy vs. Expressionist Pedagogy September 16, 2008

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Process pedagogy mainly focuses on how the author creates his or her writing.  It is all about the process taken:  including discovery drafts, multiple subsequent drafts, peer edits and the final unit analysis to take a closer look at how everything came together and what was achieved and/or what failed.  

Expressionist pedagogy is all about finding the author’s true voice.  He/she can discover this chiefly through freewriting, journaling and peer reviews.  Expressionists need not worry so much about audience at first – they are more interested on focusing on what they have to say and how they as a person fit into all of this, and then going back to tailor to a particular audience at a later time.  

Though similar in some ways, such as the enthusiasm for discovery drafts and other freewriting activities, the overall outcome of each pedagogy is different.  Process wants writers to discover how they write and what works for them so that they can accomplish something similarly at a later point.  Expressionist is more situated around discovering a voice and using it to the full advantage, so that you can always have something personal and inherent about yourself to fall back on.


Hmmm… August 19, 2008

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I need to look at my Xanga site and see if you can do Pages.  I don’t actually know, since I haven’t been on it for awhile.  They keep sending me emails saying “We miss you” and “Please come back and visit us.”  So maybe I will now!