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Book Review: Engaging Ideas, by John C. Bean

By: Mary Beth Culp
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2
Date: Spring 1999

Summary: Culp finds Bean's "aptly named" text will help instructors plan assignments that provoke exploratory writing and creativity as well as promote more successful academic writing.



The author makes a compelling case for valuing both professional and personal, or exploratory, writing in the classroom. He says that the two kinds of writing arte not mutually exclusive, that personal writing enriches professional writing , and that we engage more students in our courses when we include several kinds of assignments.

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