Concepts in Composition is designed to foster reflection on how theory impacts practice, allowing prospective teachers to assume the dual role of both teacher and student as they enter the discipline of Writing Studies and become familiar with some of its critical conversations. Now in its third edition, the volume offers up-to-date scholarship and a deeper focus on diversity, both in the classroom and in relation to Writing Studies and literacy more broadly. This text continues to offer a wealth of practical assignments, classroom activities, and readings in each chapter. It is the ideal resource for the undergraduate or graduate student looking to pursue a career in writing instruction.
Irene L. Clark is Professor of English, Director of Composition, and Director of the Master's Option in Rhetoric and Composition at California State University, Northridge. She previously taught at the University of Southern California (USC), where she also co-directed the university's Writing Program and directed its Writing Center. She has authored several textbooks for both undergraduate and graduate students and written a number of articles concerned with Writing Studies, genre, and transfer. Her recent scholarly interest is in the interconnection between literacy and current work in neuroplasticity-the ability of the brain to alter in response to experience. She holds a B.A. in Music from Hunter College, an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from USC.