In the late 1970s, instructors at the University of Pittsburgh recognized that students were entering the school unprepared for the rigors of academic life. The university's response was to develop a course offering challenging material -- readings requiring serious attention -- along with a method of reading and rereading that helped students learn to read and think critically and respond in writing. That course proved enormously successful, and its materials and methods were published as Ways of Reading. Often imitated -- but never duplicated -- Ways of Reading has for over twenty years profoundly influenced the teaching of writing. It continues to offer students and instructors a uniquely exciting and challenging approach to first-year composition, integrating reading, writing, and critical thinking with an unparalleled selection of readings and editorial features. Ways of Reading helps students develop the necessary intellectual skills for college-level academic work while engaging them in conversations with key academic and cultural texts. It bridges the gap between contemporary critical theory and composition so that instructors can connect their own scholarly work with their teaching. Adopted and readopted from coast to coast in a wide variety of schools, hundreds of instructors and thousands of students confirm that it works.
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DAVID BARTHOLOMAE (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is one of the composition community's most highly regarded members. Professor and chair of the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, he has published many articles on the teaching of writing and is a frequent lecturer to university faculty and writing projects nationwide. Winner of the Braddock Award and the CCC Exemplar Award, he has served as chair of CCCC and on the MLA Executive Council. He is coeditor of the Pittsburgh Series on Composition, Literacy, and Culture, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. His collection of essays, Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching, was published by Bedford/St. Martin's in 2005.
ANTHONY PETROSKY (D.Ed., State University of New York at Buffalo) is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh with a joint appointment in the English Department and the School of Education, where he has regularly taught composition, reading, and writing. He has served as the director of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Critical Thinking Project, chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research, director for the Third National Assessment of Reading and Literature, and an elected trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation. An award-winning poet, his most recent book of poems, Crazy Love, was published in 2003.
The two together have also published Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, a report on their course at the University of Pittsburgh, The Teaching of Writing: Eighty-fifth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, and Ways of Reading Words and Images (Bedford/St. Martin's 2003).
"Ways of Reading is not prescriptive; instead, it challenges students and engages them in the timeless issues of interpretation, knowledge, and power."
-- Anne Laskaya, University of Oregon
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