From the Library of the Literacy & Learning Program

To order copies of the articles listed, fill out and mail in the order form below. If you would like to browse through the LLP library, or if you'd like articles on a particular aspect of teaching and learning, contact the LLP coordinator, Elizabeth Renfro, in Sutter 245 (ext. 6319). If you have articles on teaching and learning that you think would be of interest to your colleagues, please send us a copy or a full citation so that we can add them to the LLP library.

Diversity and Classroom Practice

Irrespective of the philosophical and political debates on diversity at the University, the fact is we do have a diverse student population in many respects. In our classes, however, we may not be aware of this because many aspects of diversity that affect learning styles, language use, and writing may not be visible. Research in education and cognition has shown that in addition to ethnicity and culture, other diversity factors such as gender, disabilities, age, sexuality, and class may affect the ways in which students learn and perform in the classroom. The articles LLP offers this month explore some of these diversities and offer suggestions for increasing our effectiveness in working with students, as well as ways to help students themselves understand and appreciate diversity.

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_______ "Multicultural Literacy: Mental Scripts for … Teachers" Guidelines to help instructors become aware of the ways in which their own backgrounds "permeate their voiced and unvoiced behaviors." This is vital because "miscommunication occurs [when] behavior and thought patterns are grounded in a culturally different symbolic world."

_______ Success for Learning Disabled Writers Across the Curriculum"

"Providing reasonable accommodations does not mean changing or lowering performance standards on the basis of the student's disability." Explains what learning disabilities are and gives suggestions for promoting success for all writers.

_______ "Gender and Silence"

Discusses why the university classroom is usually more comfortable for men than for women. Specific applications to teaching are also addressed.

_______ "Queering the Brew"

This final chapter of Textual Orientations: Gay and Lesbian Students and the Making of Discourse Communities describes the "rhetorical complexities of everyday life" for gay and lesbian students and gives suggestions for "subverting homophobia in the classroom."

_______ "Cultural Thought Patterns in Inter-Cultural Education"

Explores the ways in which different cultures' languages and rhetorical styles are reflected in students' written work through culture-specific logic, thought patterns, and organizational approaches.

_______ Selected Bibliography: "Diversity and Classroom Practice"

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