The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook
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The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook

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Now in its fourth edition, this widely acclaimed sourcebook remains one of the most up-to-date and inclusive works on teaching writing today. In this edition, the editors have added twelve new essays and deleted several from the previous edition, making the content as timely as possible. Emphasizing the importance of adapting good pedagogy to multiple environments and audi...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 12th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 2nd 1981)
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The title of this book is misleading. When I thought of a "sourcebook," I imagined a lot of practical help in putting together classes and activities that would help me in facilitating understanding of the writing process. This book is not at all like that.

The book, instead, is a collection of essays culled from the standard composition journals. The essays are presented in two major sections: The context of writing and the teaching of writing.

Each essay addresses aspects of teaching writing. I...more
In "Embracing Contraries in the Teaching Process," Peter Elbow explores the two obligations that teachers feel: toward students and towards knowledge and society (54). We cannot pretend that these two obligations exist in harmony, but should embrace the tension between them as we take a contradictory stance (56).

In "The Listening Eye: Reflections on the Writing Conference," Donald M. Murray explains that he used to be too involved in writing conferences, telling students how to make their papers...more
One great essay and the rest was really dense academic theory
Kelli Perkins

Corbett, Myers, and Tate’s “The Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook” offers a compilation of essays intended to inform readers of current theory and practice from well-respected authorities in the field. I read the book as an accompaniment to a course on teaching college composition, and for this purpose, it was an excellent choice. I would also recommend the book for those researching theories of composition, but this one is not for the casual reader.
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