Who Owns School?
Authority, Students, and Online Discourse

by Kelly Ritter

New Dimensions in Computers and Composition Series
eds. Cynthia Selfe and Gail Hawisher
Hampton Press, 2010

Reviewed by Rita Malenczyk
Director, University Writing Program and Writing Center
Eastern Connecticut State University


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Ritter:  "This online dialogue 'unlocks' (in RMP terms) the confidential course evaluation, making it available for public scrutiny and, if warranted, public amendment.  RMP participants, for good or ill, seek to engage in a communal support network, one that gives the 'real' picture of teaching and learning, in an extracurricular setting free from academic surveillance….[Their] discourse does not always adhere to notions of conversational civility or other institutionally set parameters for evaluating learning, but does allow for a freedom of exchange rarely available in even the most radical pedagogies…. " (p. 117) (back)