Making Sense: Constructing Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences

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Houghton Mifflin, Aug 1, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 661 pages
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A cross-disciplinary reader, Making Sense teaches students how knowledge is constructed as well as communicated through the exploration of significant issues from across the curriculum. Thirty-eight contemporary essays--drawn from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences--demonstrate a range of methods to make sense.Chapters 2 and 3 cover the writing process and research methods, including database and Internet searches. Part II contains the rich anthology of current essays, alphabetically arranged, with accompanying apparatus. In Part III, students put abstract concepts into practice by reevaluating previous readings or revisiting their earlier papers. Part IV includes specially commissioned essays by professors on writing in their specific disciplines.

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Robert L. Coleman (Ph. D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1998) has been teaching at universities since 1987. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, where he teaches American literature and composition. In addition to being the lead editor of "Making Sense: Constructing Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences," He is currently writing a book on intersections of rhetoric and romance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American fiction. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Assistant Director of the Writing Program at Rutgers University.

Stephanie Girard is Faculty Development Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English at Spring Hill College. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Dissertation Fellow. She is the author of "'Standing at the Corner of Walk and Don't Walk': Vintage Contemporaries, Bright Lights, Big City, and the Problem of Betweeness" (American Literature, March 1996). She has given papers at numerous conferences including the MLA and the CCCC. In addition to Making Sense, she is co-editing a volume of essays on the topic of what it means to be a professor of the humanities in the 21st century. Dr. Girard has taught basic, standard, and advanced composition; proposal writing; writing in the professions; and studies in nonfiction prose. Her research interests include contemporary fiction, the history of publishing, and the sociology of literature.

Rebecca Brittenham is an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University, South Bend. She has taught Composition for twelve years, and currently teaches beginning and advanced essay writing, women's literature, and genre studies. She writes about the impact of 1960's cultural movements on Composition pedagogies of the period and on the shape of the field today.

Scott Campbell s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as Igloo Head and Tree Head, which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of "Zombie in Love" by Kelly DiPucchio; "East Dragon, West Dragon" by Robyn Eversole; and "If Dogs Run Free" by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at

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