on the old and the new, literacy in a changing world …

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Ann Nichols, a blogger over at one of the Salon blogs posted a really interesting piece about old and new literacies.  I’m thinking that this one needs to be passed around a fair bit.  I also highly recommend going to the original piece in the NY Times that inspired the post.  All interesting stuff!

JANUARY 25, 2012 9:29AM

“Old Literacy” v. “New Literacy:” A Five Paragraph Essay

This morning my husband pointed me towards a story in The New York Times. The article focused on Duke English professor Cathy N. Davidson, who advocates for the replacement of term papers with blogging. Speaking of the term paper concept, Professor Davison says that “[a]s a writer, it offends me deeply.” On the other side of the argument is Douglas B. Reeves, who asserts that the rigorous structure of “old literacy” research papers and essays is a fundamental part of learning to think and to advance an argument in a coherent manner.

Read more via “Old Literacy” v. “New Literacy:” A Five Paragraph Essay – Ann Nichols – Open Salon.


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