Date of Award

6-19-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Claude-Mark Hurbert, D.A.

Second Advisor

Gian Pagnucci, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Nancy Hayward, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Cindy LaCom, Ph.D.

Abstract

This dissertation explores the process I took for developing perspective pedagogy, a pedagogical approach for teaching first-year research composition college courses. Theoretical foundations come from both composition and ethnography scholars and situate the pedagogy within its interdisciplinary walls. Specifically, perspective pedagogy asks that students examine local subcultures from many perspectives: observations, interviews, artifact collections, ethnographic photography, ethnographic film and performance ethnography. From these perspectives, students compose their ethnographies for class assignments. I offer readers insight into my reasons for revising ethnographic pedagogy, along with details of the six-semester process I went through in the classroom to integrate and revise that pedagogy and student writing samples to illustrate what each of the perspectives looks like. The final two chapters ask readers to consider potential future directions for perspective pedagogy and the potential contributions of perspective pedagogy to composition teachers, ethnographers, and educators on other disciplines. Ultimately, perspective pedagogy embraces both interdisciplinary coursework and the idea that undergraduate students should respectfully borrow research methods from across the disciplines, what I refer to as "Researching Across the Disciplines" or R.A.D..

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