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The Resource Institutionalizing literacy : the historical role of college entrance examinations in English, Mary Trachsel

Institutionalizing literacy : the historical role of college entrance examinations in English, Mary Trachsel

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Institutionalizing literacy : the historical role of college entrance examinations in English
Title
Institutionalizing literacy
Title remainder
the historical role of college entrance examinations in English
Statement of responsibility
Mary Trachsel
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, Mary Trachsel discusses how college entrance examinations have served as an instrument for the academic institutionalization of literacy. By considering the interaction of educational, political, institutional, technological, regional, and economic forces at work in the academy's definition of literacy, she argues that entrance examinations chart a change of view from literacy as achievement to literacy as aptitude. Trachsel begins her study by outlining current theory on literacy. She identifies two separate approaches to the task of defining literacy: a "formal" approach that explains literacy as an exclusively academic activity and a "functional" approach that lies in basic opposition to mainstream academic values and practices. Trachsel then examines testing as an academic practice that enforces a primarily formal definition of literacy. In presenting a thorough documentation of historical developments in entrance examinations in English, she notes that while these examinations originated in academic departments of English, they have long since been taken over by bureaucratic agencies the values and goal of which are at odds with the concept of literacy upheld by the professional community of English studies scholars and teachers. In her final chapter, Trachsel presents a critique of present-day English studies. She illustrates her critique with a historical consideration of entrance examinations in English, providing samples of actual test questions which indicate the larger ideological struggles that form the history of English studies. In voicing her concern with the ways the standard entrance examination movement traces the development of a professional identity for English studies specialists, Trachsel encourages all professionals in the field to devote their attention to articulating their own definition of literacy and to devising a means for assessing literacy that is in accord with that definition
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digitized
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1953-
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Trachsel, Mary
Dewey number
420/.76
Index
index present
LC call number
PE68.U5
LC item number
T73 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English philology
  • Universities and colleges
  • English philology
  • Literacy
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • English philology
  • English philology
  • Literacy
  • Universities and colleges
  • United States
  • Sprachfertigkeit
  • Aufnahmeprüfung
  • Geschichte
  • College
  • Englisch
  • USA
Label
Institutionalizing literacy : the historical role of college entrance examinations in English, Mary Trachsel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-201) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44958850
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 209 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585186641
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44958850
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Institutionalizing literacy : the historical role of college entrance examinations in English, Mary Trachsel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-201) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44958850
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 209 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585186641
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44958850
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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