Bad ideas about writing by Cheryl E. Ball
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Bad ideas about writing
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According to cultural theorist Steven Poole, bad ideas are like zombies. These bad ideas threaten to infect our schools and devour the brains of unsuspecting colleagues and students, and it is up to us to rev up the chainsaws and bury bad ideas about writing for good. Organized in eight sections that each focus on a different contagion like mindless meditations on style and ruinous ruminations about ineffective writing teachers, Ball and Loewe plunge us into the epidemic and provide sixty-one antidotes—short chapters that help us take out one bad idea at a time. The chapters are roughly five pages each, pint-sized but potent, and they help both the novice writing teacher and the experienced writing program administrator to identify particular walkers, to understand their origins and appeal, and to slay them with recent, relevant research in rhetoric and composition. We scanned the table of contents together as it provides a microcosm of research areas in the field of Writing Studies. Then I asked the graduate students to choose chapters that most interested them—to read, summarize, and discuss how the chapter complicated their understanding of writing and writing instruction.
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Reader Synopsis: Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book .
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Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book This Idea Must Die and written for a general audience, the collection offers opinionated, research-based statements intended to spark debate and to offer a better way of teaching writing. - We envision the collection as an agon of opinionated statements about writing instruction that will spark debate and rethinking of pieties and myths. This is not an exhaustive list, and we invite contributors to propose additional topics.