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While sustainability-meeting today's needs without jeopardizing the interests of future generations-has become a dominating force in a range of disciplines, it has yet to play a substantive...

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Original Title
Composition and Sustainability: Teaching for a Threatened Generation
ISBN13
9780814100370
Edition Format
Unknown Binding
Number of Pages
259 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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While sustainability-meeting today's needs without jeopardizing the interests of future generations-has become a dominating force in a range of disciplines, it has yet to play a substantive role in English studies. Derek Owens argues that, in light of worsening environmental crises and accelerating social injustices, we need to use sustainability as a way to structure co While sustainability-meeting today's needs without jeopardizing the interests of future generations-has become a dominating force in a range of disciplines, it has yet to play a substantive role in English studies. Derek Owens argues that, in light of worsening environmental crises and accelerating social injustices, we need to use sustainability as a way to structure courses and curricula, and that composition studies, with its inherent cross-disciplinarity and its unique function in student's academic lives, can play a key role in giving sustainability a central place in student's thinking and in the curriculum as a whole.

Owens draws on student writing to articulate a pedagogy that gives students opportunities to think and write in three zones of inquiry: place, work, and future. This approach allows for the creation of a variegated course wherein students write neighborhood portraits, critique their work experiences, reflect on their majors, investigate alternative theories of education, compose oral histories, construct narratives about their futures, and design their own assignments-all from the perspective of sustainability. These writings are juxtaposed with observations from writers in architecture, ecological economics, future studies, planning, sociology, sustainable business, and urban studies.

The appendixes include a wealth of environmental statistics, as well as a detailed description of Owens's composition course, with assignments ready to use or adapt.

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