Wed 4:00 PM – 6:50 PM
Radical educators such as Paulo Friere, bell hooks, Asao Inoue, and Ira Shor have worked for decades to develop pedagogies of social and political transformation. Issues of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, accessibility, and language use figure prominently in these pedagogies. Numerous composition specialists have devised, adopted, and promoted approaches to the teaching of writing that incorporate practices intended to effect change through such features as a democratized classroom structure, consciousness-raising assignments and activities, community engagement, and political action. Critical pedagogy approaches raise important questions of student autonomy, teacher authority, and the complex relations between the classroom, the educational institution in which it resides, and the larger society. This course will examine the leading critical pedagogy approaches in composition, critiques of these approaches, and questions underlying the politics of writing instruction.