Exchanging Writing, Exchanging Cultures

Exchanging Writing, Exchanging Cultures

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What can teachers in British and American inner-city schools learn from each other about literacy training? To explore this question, Sarah Warshauer Freedman and her British colleagues set up a writing exchange that matched classes from four middle and high schools in the San Francisco Bay area with their London equivalents. Exchanging Writing, Exchanging Cultures offers concrete lessons to school reformers, policymakers, and classroom teachers about the value and effectiveness of different approaches to teaching writing. Freedman goes beyond the specific subject matter of this study, looking anew at Vygotsky's and Bakhtin's theories of social interaction and addressing the larger questions of the relationship between culture and education.One student, for example, who included two short stories in his GCSE packet, wrote one in the style of a detective story, as his introductory paragraph illustrates : I glanced at my watch. it was only four in the morning. The sky was black andanbsp;...

Title:Exchanging Writing, Exchanging Cultures
Author:Sarah Warshauer Freedman
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 1994


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