5870 — Calendar

Tentative Schedule

Week 1: What is Ethnography?

  1. Introduction to the course and to each other.
  2. Don DeLillo passage about “The Most Photographed Barn in America” .
  3. Quick-write responses to syllabus quotations.
  4. An exercise in observation.

*Create a plan for conducting 15 hours of observations of different writing classrooms. Begin setting dates for
observations and seeking necessary prior permissions from instructors.

Loggers: Tina Bell, James Dyer

Week 2: An Ethnographic Perspective

READ: Introduction and Ch. 1: “Coming to Terms” in Harris’s Rewriting; “An Ethnographic Perspective” by Carolyn Frank and “Ethnographic Research” by Victoria Purcell-Gates, DUE: Commentary #1 on Purcell-Gates.

Discussion: Amble Hollenhorst

Logger: Adam Russell

Snacks: Keri Ortiz

Week 3: On Teacher-Research and Composition

READ: Ch. 2 “Forwarding” in Rewriting; “Composition from the Teacher-Research Point of View” , Ruth Ray, Commentary #2 DUE on Ray’s chapter.

Discussion: James Dyer

Logger: Amble Hollenhorst

Snacks: Faye Snowden

Week 4: The Problem of the “Other”

READ: Ch. 3 “Countering” in Rewriting, pp.54-72 and “Still-Life: Representations and Silences in the Participant Observer Role,” Brueggemann . Commentary #3 DUE on Brueggemann.

Discussion: Faye Snowden

Logger: Ned Weidner

Snacks: Amble Hollenhorst

Week 5:
A Rhetorical Perspective on Ethnographic Writing

Stephen North says that ethnographers are “serving as a kind of alternative reality brokers, they deliberately juxtapose one imaginative universe with another, struggling, in the effort, to make both more intelligible—to themselves, to us, to the inhabitants of those alternative universes” (Making of Knowledge in Composition, 279).

What does it mean when we say that the ethnographer is a “reality broker”? “Culture on the Page: Experience, Rhetoric, and Aesthetics in Ethnographic Writing,” Bonnie Sunstein, Commentary #4 DUE on Sunstein’s chapter.

Discussion: Tina Bell

Logger: Faye Snowden

Snacks: Ned Weidner

Week 6:
Writing and Teaching as Performance

READ: “Revising,” in Rewriting pp.98-123 & Erving Goffman, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”, Commentary #6 on Goffman.

Discussion: Maria Shreve

Logger: Maria Garcia

Snacks: James Dyer

Week 7:
Cesare Chavez Day — No Classes

READ: Ch. 4 “Taking an Approach” in Rewriting, pp.73-97 and “The Loss of the Creature” Walker Percy, Commentary #5 DUE on Percy.

Week 8:
Mid-Term Exam

Week 9:
Spring Break

The practice of placing individuals under ‘observation’ is a natural extension of a justice imbued with disciplinary methods and examination procedures. Is it surprising that the cellular prison, with its regular chronologies, forced labour, its authorities of surveillance and registration, its experts in normality, who continue and multiply the functions of the judge, should have become the modern instrument of penality? Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?  –Foucault, “Panopticism.”

Week 10:
Education and the Panopticon

READ: Michel Foucault, “Panopticism” available here. DUE: Commentary #7 On Foucault’s essay. Read the “Afterword” in Rewriting, pp.124-134.

Discussion: Ned Weidner

Logger: Keri Ortiz

Snacks: Maria Shreve

Week 11:
Observing Diversity in the Composition Classroom

“Imagining Educational Research? on the Uses of Fiction in Autobiographical Narrative Inquiry” by Allison Pryer  DUE: Commentary #8 on Pryer.

Discussion: Maria Garcia

Logger: Joel Manfredi

Snacks: Maria Garcia

Week 12:
Cultural Issues in Classroom Observations

“Don’t Believe the Hype” Ann Ferguson, from Bad Boys: Public Schools and the Making of Black Masculinity;  Commentary #9 DUE on Ferguson

Discussion: Adam Russell and Mike Calou

Logger: Joel Manfredi

Snacks: Adam Russell

Week 13:
What is Ethnography for?

Ethnography/Memoir/Imagination/Story, by Paul Stoller. Commentary #10 DUE on Stoller.

Discussion: Keri Ortiz, Joel Manfredi

Logger: Maria Shreve

Snacks: Tina Bell

Week 14:
Final Reflections

Presentations: 5-minute multi-media or visual final presentations synthesizing what you have read and learned from conducting classroom-based research.

Logger: Maria Shreve

Snacks: Everyone

9 comments for “5870 — Calendar

  1. tbell
    February 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    What is this video and where do we find it?

  2. February 23, 2009 at 12:32 am

    You mean the video James mentioned? It’s in the “From the Field Category.” Not an assignment, just something interesting for anyone entering the profession.

  3. February 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Ok, the Harris book is not on reserve yet. I had requested it be put on reserve they had to recall it and it hasn’t yet been returned.

    I was thinking of another books I’m taking reading from, of which I have the library copy. Someone else has Harris.

    Please check in and let me know if you have the Harris book yet, so I have some idea where we stand with this.

  4. Keri
    March 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Please sign me up to lead discussion on the night of 5/6 Fergusen /Newkirk.

  5. mgarcia5
    March 17, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Please sign me up for the discussion section of week #11.
    Logger for week #6
    Snaks for week #7

  6. mgarcia5
    March 17, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Where is the guide for Instructor interviews? I believe Dr. DeVries said she would post information.

  7. March 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    It’s in the “Tools” category.

  8. Maria J. Garcia
    April 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hi Professor,
    I am responsible for the discussion questions next Tuesday. When will our reading assignment be available? assignmeTBA, DUE: Commentary #8 on TBA

  9. April 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Maria, later today.

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