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Response to Review of Shared Territory: Understanding Children's Writing as Works


by Margaret Himley - 1994

Given the difficulty Mr. Bomer had in actually "reading" my book Shared Territory, I feel compelled to respond to his review. As conveyed by the hostile tone of the review (talk about "icy"!), Bomer appears to be so preoccupied with his own agenda that he isn't interested in representing the book with enough accuracy or fullness to allow readers to draw their own conclusions. Bomer's review contains several errors. The quotation about works as bearing the imprint of the hand that made them is not from page 19, the quotation from p. 219 is not from me, and the educational implications of this method (which Bomer claims remain a "mystery") are not missing but are amply demonstrated in a section called "Teacher Talk" (pp. 201- 20). Indeed, the main point of the book is that education would be greatly improved if all teachers had access to this kind of collective teacher talk about the children they work with every day. The aim of the book... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 4, 1994, p. 360-361
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10543, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 3:38:36 PM

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