Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education, 1979-1994: A History (Google eBook)

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Gail E. Hawisher, Sibylle Gruber, Margaret F. Sweany
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Education - 363 pages
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This book is a history composed of histories. Its particular focus is the way in which computers entered and changed the field of composition studies, a field that defines itself both as a research community and as a community of teachers. This may have a somewhat sinister suggestion that technology alone has agency, but this history (made of histories) is not principally about computers. It is about people-the teachers and scholars who have adapted the computer to their personal and professional purposes. From the authors' perspectives, change in technology drives changes in the ways we live and work, and we, agents to a degree in control of our own lives, use technology to achieve our human purposes. REVIEW: . . . This book reminds those of us now using computers to teach writing where we have been, and it brings those who are just entering the field up to date. More important, it will inform administrators, curriculum specialists, and others responsible for implementing the future uses of technology in writing instruction. - Computers and Composition


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Well researched, but far too dated to be useful/relevant. Read full review


19791982 The Professions Early Experience with Modern Technology
19831985 Growth and Enthusiasm
19861988 Emerging Research Theory and Professionalism
19891991 Coming of AgeThe Rise of CrossDisciplinary Perspectives and a Consideration of Difference
19921994 Looking Forward
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About the author (1996)

Gail E. Hawisher is an associate professor of English and the director of the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cynthia L. Selfe is a professor and head of the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University.

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