Perspectives on Contemporary Issues

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PERSPECTIVES on CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 6th Edition, approaches learning as the interconnectedness of ideas and disciplinary perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues across the curriculum. Contemporary issues engage students, while the thematically grouped readings provide thought-provoking material for in-class discussion and writing topics.

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Katherine Ackley taught in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point from 1979 to 2002 and also served as coordinator of the Women's Studies Program for 10 years and assistant dean of Graduate Studies for five years. Her research interests center on women in literature, with emphasis on literary representations of women's issues and, more recently, British crime writers. Her books include THE NOVELS OF BARBARA PYM (1989), WOMEN AND VIOLENCE IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1990), MISOGYNY IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1992), and ESSAYS FROM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (2004, 5th Edition). The author of dozens of published articles, she received more than 20 grants for research and development and was the first woman to receive the UWSP University Scholar Award. Dr. Ackley earned a master's degree in English from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University.

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"It is a good fit because it encourages critical thinking; provides context for lots of writing; and encourages application to real world experiences."

"In general, I continue to use this text because of the variety of topics it covers in the readings. The readings seem appropriate for the students at our college, and I teach the main essays in the book: summary, critique, synthesis, and persuasive research essay. I use the "Responding to Visuals" sections also, because I have discovered that students are very interested in analyzing images, and I've had some good results from using them."

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