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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds

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"For me, literacy is ... like trying to open a locked door with the wrong key ... I don't always see the meaning at first and usually I have to have someone ... let me in with their key. I tend to think that being in college is enough, but it still isn't going to guarantee higher literacy for me. It is something I am trying to grasp, but I am going about it slowly, simply because I am not so sure of how important it is to me." -- Rachel

According to key literacy research, working-class students are far less likely to pursue higher literacy than their middle-class counterparts, yet there are countless examples of those who have defied the odds. In this thoughtful look at why some determinedly pursue higher literacy against all expectations and predictions, Donna Dunbar-Odom explores the complex relationships people have with literacy, paying particular attention to the relationship between literacy and class. She shares the personal and often poignant literacy narratives of writers, academics, and her own students to reveal a great deal about what motivates desire for higher literacy, as well as what gets in the way. Bringing together these reflections with current literacy, composition, and class theories, Dunbar-Odom provides a better understanding of how to tap that desire in writing classrooms. Ultimately, the author argues that teachers need to focus less attention on how students should read and more on why they might want to.
About the Author:

Donna Dunbar-Odom is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University at Commerce and author of Working with Ideas: Reading, Writing, and Researching Experience.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780791469712
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publisher Imprint: State University of New York Press
  • Height: 228.6 mm
  • No of Pages: 148
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Class and the Pursuit of Higher Literacy
  • Width: 152.4 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0791469719
  • Publisher Date: 21 Dec 2006
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 12.7 mm
  • Weight: 336 gr

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