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Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation

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Matthew Lynch

Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation provides scholars and laymen with an assortment of theoretical and practical perspectives for questioning contemporary practices and forging new methods of education reform and innovation. This volume is the leading collection of contemporary essays by the major thinkers in the field of education reform and innovation. Carefully attentive to both theory and practice, this is the definitive source for learning about education reform and innovation, while also enhancing the existing literature.
This book attempts to move the field to the next phase of its evolution and provides the U.S. K-12 system with the tools that it will need to return to its former preeminence. Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation generates a corpus of new and original scholarship that significantly examines the field of education reform and innovation broadly conceived. Each chapter examines one or more of the critical topics that are missing from or underrepresented in the extant literature. The various chapters of this book integrate into their analyses the conceptual, political, pedagogical, and practical histories, tensions, and resources that have established education reform and innovation as one of the most vital and growing movements within the field of education. A central tenet of this project is that we need to make visible the multiple perspectives and theoretical frames that currently drive
work in the field.
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Chapter 8: Creating Comic Books in the College Composition Classroom

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   CHAPTER EIGHT

Creating Comic Books IN THE College Composition Classroom

JIM HAENDIGES

When I ask college students in an English composition class to create a comic book for an assignment, I typically get two reactions: excitement and resistance. Making a comic book initially seems like a fun endeavor. After all, the nature of a comic book is that it has both image and text. For the student who begs to include a picture in his or her essay to avoid those two or three sentences that the image would replace, this is the opportunity to make the whole assignment image based. One would imagine that this assignment would be quite popular. Comic books are associated with entertainment: action, skimpy clothing, and lots of colors blaze across their pages. How can a boring old college essay even compare to the excitement of the comic book? Students should love this assignment, right?

Well, not exactly. I do see some frightened looks across the classroom, too: “You want us to do what?” For many students entering a writing course, the last thing they want is a surprise. These students want to write the required pages and get out of the course. They don’t want any funny business, and comic books are perceived as funny business. It dawns on many students that this assignment will require a visual mindset and knowledge of software beyond Microsoft Word. Even some of the more practical students are indignant that...

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