Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction
- Journal of Advanced Composition
In Getting Restless, Nancy Welch calls for a reconception of what we mean by "revision," urging compositionists to rethink long-held beliefs about teacher-student relations and writing practices. Drawing primarily on feminist and psychoanalytic theories, she considers how revision can be redefined not as a process of increasing orientations toward a particular thesis or discourse community, but instead as a process of disorientation: an act of getting restless with received meanings, familiar relationships, and disciplinary or generic boundaries--a practice of intervening in the meanings and identifications of one's text and one's life.
Using ethnographic, case-study, and autobiographical research methods, Welch maintains two consistent aims throughout the study:
In achieving these ends Welch examines three academic sites: a campus writing center, undergraduate writing classrooms, and a summer workshop for K-12 teachers.
This book will appeal to a wide audience, including classroom and writing center teachers, historians and theorists in composition and rhetoric, feminist theorists, and those engaged in literacy studies, teacher education, and connections/tensions among teaching, writing, and psychoanalysis.
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her building to reexamine theirs.5 Like Martha, Jeri expressed frustration about
her failed attempts to put some of her beliefs to work in her school and to foster
community and collaboration among its teachers — trying to create, for example,
Jeri also joins up in class with Pam, who teaches in a Catholic elementary school
, to learn how Pam has set up her whole- language classroom, how other
teachers have responded to her revisions, and how she works to communicate
As Jeri noted, "I can't say this experience is over and done with, my paper turned
in, and now onto the next experience. ... For instance, during Jeri's literacy event
Martha wrote that it seemed "a shame" to have three high schools in her area ...
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