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Revisited article: New Professor Collides with Real Students

By: Frederick Crews
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1
Date: Winter 1995

Summary: Crews reminisces about his first teaching experience, in which he encountered "bright, agreeable, but wary" freshmen writers and their pointed responses to the assumptions behind his instructions.

 

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Though neither my students nor I could have been aware of the fact, they were introducing me to the so-called composition revolution, the momentous and welcome shift from product to process, from instructor as punitive god to instructor as supportive facilitator, from writing as a makework projects to writing as introduction to disciplinary styles of thought and reasoning, and from language as the plain or painted vehicle of thought to language as imaginative exploration, heuristic tool, and means of self-realization.

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