As a culture, we stand on the edge of a new literacy born of electronic technology. In the workplace, classroom, and in an increasing number of homes, the computer is becoming the tool of the literate citizen as communication increasingly resides inMoreAs a culture, we stand on the edge of a new literacy born of electronic technology.
In the workplace, classroom, and in an increasing number of homes, the computer is becoming the tool of the literate citizen as communication increasingly resides in electronic or virtual spaces. Old assumptions about writing and the teaching of writing may no linger hold true in the virtual age- in the dying age of print, we may not be preparing our students for the future demands of literacy. In Re-imagining Computers and Composition, fifteen contributors boldly imagine the future and re-imagine the teaching of writing. They challenge the pedagogical and economic viability of the traditional classroom, describe new roles for writing teachers as technology critics, explore the relationship of chaos theory and rhetoric, link software design to research and teaching, and much more.
The essays bring the reader into the future without being futuristic- they raise tomorrows issues from the perspective of todays research and experience. This provocative collection is for anyone involved in literacy education-teachers, researchers, administrators, and policy-makers.
As Edward P.J. Corbett says in the Forward: This book will have to be a required text in those English Education courses designed to train future teachers of writing in the schools. It should also be on the must-read list of those university courses designed to prepare graduate teaching assistants for teaching freshman composition courses, especially if those courses are taught-as they certainly will be in the near future-in classrooms equipped with a network of personal computers.