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    Why the "Monkeys Passage" Bombed

    Tests, Genres, and Teaching

    By Bonny Norton Peirce and Pippa Stein
    Pippa Stein and Bonnie Norton Peirce, two White educators in South Africa, explore issues of textual meaning, testing, and pedagogy abased on their experience piloting a reading test to be used as a college entrance examination for Black students. Drawing on Stein's personal experience administering the test and on literature in the fields of genre analysis and textual interpretation, Stein and Peirce question the test's meaning and validity. The authors discuss how the students' interpretations of the text differed as Stein altered the social context, illustrating the ways in which the politics of different social occasions contribute to the production of multiple meanings. In their exploration of how shifting power relations produce multiple meanings, the authors raise important questions at the heart of testing, equity, and pedagogy.

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    Spring 1995 Issue

    Abstracts

    Change without Difference
    School Restructuring in Historical Perspective
    By Jesse Goodman
    Reading the World of School Literacy
    Contextualizing the Experience of a Young African American Male
    By Arlette Ingram Willis
    Why the "Monkeys Passage" Bombed
    Tests, Genres, and Teaching
    By Bonny Norton Peirce and Pippa Stein
    The Reading Campaign Experience within Palestinian Society
    Innovative Strategies for Learning and Building Community
    By Munir Jamil Fasheh
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