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Themes, Theories, and Therapy: The Teaching of Writing in College


reviewed by E. P. Bollier — 1964

coverTitle: Themes, Theories, and Therapy: The Teaching of Writing in College
Author(s): A. R. Kitzhaber
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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What is English composition as a college subject? What is wrong with it as currently taught? What can be done to correct its faults? Increasingly, these questions are being asked, and asked by the colleges themselves. The importance of Professor Kitzhaber's asking them lies in the fact that he does so in terms intelligible to the general public. Themes, Theories, and Therapy is based on the Carnegie-sponsored Dartmouth College Study of Student Writing, of which its author was director. This study, motivated by dissatisfaction with student writing at Dartmouth, was published, at least in part, with the hope that its report would interest other colleges similarly troubled. It should. It should because, without sensationalism, Professor Kitzhaber lets the cat out of the academic bag. This book, in short, is in a sense subversive—subversive at least from the point of view of most college English departments. True, nothing Professor Kitzhaber says should... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 5, 1964, p. 469-469
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2773, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:30:07 PM

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