Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations?

Learning to Teach Underprepared Writers across the Curriculum

by Stephen M. Fishman and Lucille McCarthy

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Ever since Horace Mann promoted state supported schooling in the 1850s, the aims of U.S. public education have been the subject of heated national debate. Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations? joins this debate by exploring clashing educational aims in a discipline-based university classroom and the consequences of these clashes for "underprepared" writers.

In this close-up look at a White middle-class teacher and his ethnically diverse students, Fishman and McCarthy examine not only the role of Standard English in college writing instruction but also the underlying and highly charged issues of multiculturalism, race cognizance, and social class.


Stephen M. Fishman teaches philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Lucille McCarthy teaches composition and literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Together, Fishman and McCarthy have conducted a number of theory/practice studies of the classroom. These have appeared in College English, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, and College Composition and Communication. In addition, Fishman and McCarthy have coauthored two books, John Dewey and the Challenge of Classroom Practice (1998) and Unplayed Tapes: A Personal History of Collaborative Teacher Research (2000).

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  • Paperback Price: $24.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-447-5
  • Ebook Price: $19.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $5.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-474-1
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Pages: 238
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Stephen M. Fishman and Lucille McCarthy
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