“Writing in the 21st Century,” by Kathleen Blake Yancey, is one of several recent texts that examine how new media technologies are reconfiguring the practice of composing, the definition of literacy, and the nature of what it means to be a writing teacher. Yancey’s text has proven influential, and is often cited in discussions of “21st century writing.” This paper provides a critical analysis of Yancey’s claims, and of the call to action she advances.
Gail Hawisher and Cynthia Selfe have woven their collaborative volume from 23 provocative essays, each written from a unique voice and with a far-reaching relevance to society as a whole. As Hawisher and Selfe show us, the discussions and debates surrounding the blend and clash of pedagogical practice with today’s high-tech inheritance have many voices, […]
I’ve taken the liberty of quoting my own work to start this talk, not because I’m enamored with my own prose, but because it sets up a central concern that my colleagues and I have about the way writing is taught in colleges and universities. Writing, as we all know, is something we do – an activity, a process. In fact most of us, if asked, would say that we teach writing using a “process approach.”