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The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction
Working from the premise that literacy is a social process rather than an autonomous practice, The Way Literacy Lives offers a curricular response to the political, material, social, and ideological constraints placed on literacy education. Shannon Carter argues that fostering in students an awareness of the ways in which an autonomous model deconstructs itself when applie ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by State University of New York Press
(first published March 6th 2008)
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The concept of rhetorical dexterity is well developed throughout this book, in which Carter explains that it is worthwhile to explicitly teach ways in which literacy is present in multiple contexts and modes. New Literacy scholars will be pleased to see how Carter explains how an understanding of the rules and norms associated within a Discourse can be translated into writing development. I'll definitely be using this text as a citation in future articles or books.
Shannon Carter's exploration of what she calls rhetorical dexterity investigates how literacies construct understanding and how basic writing teachers may draw upon the literacies students bring into their classrooms to help these students become better engaged within college education. Carter is highly readable, surveys a wide amount of research, and thought provoking. Her ideas apply across pedagogies and interrogate what may be called a philosophy of learning.
Excellent book and one that has significantly influenced my pedagogical view toward teaching basic writing. My only complaint was the way in which her voice relies so much on the work of her predecessors. She is, however, well informed about the politics and pedagogy surrounding the education of basic writers in our colleges, so much of her reliance on those who have come before her is warranted.
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