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Reading, Writing, and Teaching

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-123

Faculty

Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)

Description

This course considers from many perspectives what it means to read and write and learn and teach both for ourselves and for others.  As part of the work of this course, in addition to the usual class hours, students will serve as weekly tutors and classroom assistants in adult basic education centers in nearby towns.  Thus this course consciously engages with the obstacles to and the power of education through course readings, through self-reflexive writing about our own varied educational experiences, and through weekly work in the community.  Although this course presses participants to reflect a great deal about teaching, this course does not teach how to teach. Instead it offers an exploration of the contexts and processes of education, and of the politics and desires that suffuse learning.  Course readings range across literary genres including essays, poems, autobiographies, and novels in which education and teaching figure centrally, as well as readings in ethnography, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.  The writing assignments cross many genres as well.

Fall semester.  Professor K. Sánchez-Eppler.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017