opened the doors for new discussion about language and writing practices of students and teachers. Understanding the delicate balance and possible connections between students’ own cultural and home language practices and the language practices of school (Shirley Brice Heath, Ways with Words; Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed )
Some ongoing thoughts (note the date of this research excerpt):
“The modern perspective [of composition theory] shows that writers learn how to write by continually engaging in the activity and by steadily applying the habits of mind that allow for intellectual penetration of a subject” (Brannon, 1983).
Have we discovered what good writing is? Is there such a thing as “good writing”?
My research illustrates “how a definitive understanding of ‘ go od writing ’ can never exist because writing is always rhetorical, shifting based on the context it is situated in at the time of creation” (Woodward, 2007).
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