September 19, 2006
For immediate release
As part of its ongoing effort to strengthen educational practices not just in the United States but around the globe, UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education is reaching out to universities in Brazil. Recently Dr. Chuck Bazerman, Professor of Education with specific research interests in the teaching of writing and the history of literacy, taught a month-long course on Genre, Agency, and Intertextuality at The Federal University of Pernambuco at Recife. Two collections of Dr. Bazerman’s essays have been translated into Portuguese; the most recent is Gênero, Agência e Escrita (Cortez Editora, 2006).
While in Brazil Dr. Bazerman also gave lectures at universities in Sao Paulo, Campines, Curitiba, Natal, Fortaleza, and Campine Grande. The talk in Campines, at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the leading Teacher Education Program in Literacy in Brazil, concerned what kind of writing research is needed to support teaching practice and teacher education in literacy. Dr. Bazerman is also one of three co-organizers for an international conference on genre to be held August 2007 in Florianopolis. His role is to coordinate the participation of the international invited speakers.
He comments, “Language educators in Brazil are inspiring in their commitment to addressing the literacy challenges of this rapidly developing, large, diverse country, vibrant in its unique cultures and histories. The thinking about education is sophisticated, drawing on traditions from across the globe. Coming to see their challenges and solutions from the Brazilian perspective has lead me to reassess the views I have developed within a U.S. context.”
Dr. Bazerman is one of the world’s leading scholars on writing-across-the-curriculum, writing in the academic community, and genre theory. He is widely regarded as the leading American authority on research methodology and the history of research in composition, and is the editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text (Erlbaum, 2007).
Dr. Bazerman has recently hosted year-long visits of post-doctoral Brazilian scholars. Three years ago Angela Dionisio from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco carried out research at UCSB and Dilamar Araujo from the Universidade Estadual do Ceará is currently in residence. Other Brazilian scholars have contacted him about the possibility of doing likewise in the future.
[Chuck Bazerman is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]