Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations?: Learning to Teach Underprepared Writers across the Curriculum

  • WAC, Student Writing, history of writing, culture, Race, Society

By Stephen M. Fishman and Lucille McCarthy

CoverEver since Horace Mann promoted state supported schooling in the 1850s, the aims of U.S. public education have been the subject of heated national debate. Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations? joins this debate by exploring clashing educational aims in a discipline-based university classroom and the consequences of these clashes for "underprepared" writers. In this close-up look at a White middle-class teacher and his ethnically diverse students, Fishman and McCarthy examine not only the role of Standard English in college writing instruction but also the underlying and highly charged issues of multiculturalism, race cognizance, and social class.

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Front Matter


Chapter 1. Introduction: A Kaleidoscope of Conflict

Chapter 2. An ESL Writer and Her Discipline-based Professor: Making Progress Even When Goals Don’t Match

Chapter 3. Conflicting Discourses: Teacher and Student Making Progress in a Racialized Space

Chapter 4. Common Goals, Deweyan Community, and the Resolution of Freire’s Teacher-Student Contradiction

Chapter 5. Conclusion: Sorting Conflict, Weaving Hope



Appendix A. Research Methods

Appendix B. Writing Assignments in Intro to Philosophy

Appendix C. Class Reflection Log (CRL) Questions

Appendix D. Writing Assignments in Philosophy of Education

Appendix E. Triple-Entry Notetaking



About the Authors

Publication Information: Fishman, Stephen M. & Lucille, McCarthy. (2002). Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations? Learning to Teach Underprepared Writers Across the Curriculum. Utah State University Press. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/138

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