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Faith in the composition class : a pragmatic approach to common ground

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joseph B Wagner (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Hephzibah Roskelly

Abstract: "In recent years, composition classes in universities across the country have focused more and more on social and political issues like race, class, and gender. At its base, this dissertation argues that religious belief should receive such a focus as well. This project also attempts to recognize the difficulties that might arise when addressing religion in the writing class and subsequently draws upon the thinking of the American Pramatists to to meet those difficulties. From this pragmatic foundation, I explore notions of mediation, experience, habit, and certainty in the hopes of providing some orientation to a topic that is as important to our students as any other we ask them to consider. My theoretical grounding is set out with an eye towards practical application in the classroom (as theory is little without practice, and practice little without theory). I address possible writing assignments, particular texts, and the use of current events in relation to the pragmatic approach I describe. In sum, this dissertation is an attempt to help all of us--atheists and theists, students and teachers--broach the topic of religion in teh composition class."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
Universities, composition class, social, political, issues, religious belief
Subjects
English language--Rhetoric--Study and teaching
English language--Composition and exercises
Pragmatism
Faith