115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Critical Pedagogy: Understanding Place in Composition

Session Chair: 
Michael Pak, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Kieffer 9


  1. Scott Kaalele, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    For indigenous scholars and instructors, there is a constant struggle between cultural and academic worldviews. This presentation will discuss the use of indigenous literature as a gateway to engaged student writing and productive community action. By conflating critical pedagogy and place-based writing theories, I argue that this kind of strategy can facilitate and affect a broad-spectrum of students in the composition classroom.
  2. Guadalupe Remigio Ortega, "California State University, Fresno"
    The growing number of Mixtecs in the United States requires we revisit the intersectionality within the Latino/a population in higher education. Understanding the indigenous groups that also identify as Latino/a in the United States is critical to re-inform classroom practices. This change is necessary in order to create a welcoming space in the composition classroom which acknowledges and validates cultural and linguistic differences.
  3. Alfredo Roman-Rodriguez, California State University, Los Angeles
    Using my personal experience as a first-year composition instructor, and my role as a writing center coordinator for Lancaster State Prison’s in-person BA program, my paper explores how connecting the composition classroom with the incarcerated men, through writing, can help students understand vulnerability as essential positive element of writing. 
  4. Robin R Ford, "Queensborough CC, CUNY"
    As the lines between formal and informal compositional spaces blur, a new form of student resistance has emerged. Based on an ethnographic study of an urban classroom, critical spatial pedagogy provides a new tool in understanding marginalized students’ beliefs regarding appropriate texts and practices in the composition classroom.  
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