Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

2nd Edition

Irene L. Clark

Published August 29, 2011
Textbook - 488 Pages
ISBN 9780415885164 - CAT# Y111486

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Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing is designed to foster reflection on how theory impacts practice, enabling prospective teachers to develop their own comprehensive and coherent conception of what writing is or should be and to consider how people learn to write. This approach allows readers to assume the dual role of both teacher and student as they enter the conversation of the discipline and become familiar with some of the critical issues.

New to this second edition are:

  • up-to-date primary source readings;
  • a focus on collaborative writing practices and collaborative learning;
  • additional assignments and classroom activities
  • an emphasis on new media and information literacy and their impact on the teaching of writing

These new directions will inform the content of this revision, reflecting significant advancements in the field. Each chapter addresses a particular theoretical concept relevant to classroom teaching and includes activities to help readers establish the connection between theoretical concepts and classroom lessons. Online resources include overviews, classroom handouts, exercises, a sample syllabus, and PowerPoint presentations. Bringing together scholars with expertise in particular areas of composition, this text will serve as an effective primer for students and eductors in the field of composition theory.


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