So many books and so little time. This is just a sampling of materials that I have been checking out recently. If you have suggestions about readings you think I should check out, please let me know.
Bakhtin, Mikhail. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays by M. M. Bakhtin. Ed. Michael Holquist. Translated by Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981. Russian philosopher and scholar Mikhail Bakhtin, in an effort to address the rise in popularity of the novel, focused his attention on discourse in the novel and the way it is reflected in everyday situations in which dialogue is used. The Dialogic Imagination is a compilation of four essays : “Epic and the Novel”,
“From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse”, “Forms of Time and of
the Chronotope in the Novel”, and “Discourse in the Novel”. For those interested in reconsidering the traditional classroom structure, Bakhtin's theories prove most vaiuable.
Barnes, K., R. Marateo, and S. Ferris. “Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation.” Innovate 3 (4). April/May 2007. 3 December 2007. <http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=382>. This article examines the learning styles of the so-called Net Generation and the demands that they are putting on the education system. The article points out that this new generation of learners values education but also introduces challenges to which educators must address. This article should be of keen interest to those seeking classroom strategies that will cater the needs of this tech-savy multitasking group of students.
Lane, C.. 2007. "The Power of "e": Using e-Portfolios to Build Online Presentation Skills." Innovate 3 (3). February/March 2007. 4 December 2007. < http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=369>. This article examines the various benefits of implementing an electronic portfolio system, particularly at the university level. Lane, a research scientist
at University of Washington's Catalyst Research and Development, argues that the use of web-based technology in the creation of classroom projects helps students differentiate between professional and informal web conventions, increases web literacy, and caters to what students want out of their education. Instructors of high school and first year college writing programs should take note, as the article provides insights and strategies that will make a teacher more effective and marketable in today's competitive teaching market.
Vygotsky, Lev Semenovich. (1978). Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Lev Vygotsky, a groundbreaking and influential Russian psychologist, presents his theories of cognitive development in a series of scholarly essays that examine the relationships between thought, memory, language and learning. The book culminates with his ideas on writing development and the need to align the teaching of writing with other cognitive development processes. For the purpose of my work, his analysis of the role of play in a child’s development proves most useful as I examine the different roles play can perform in adult writing instruction.