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February 2017 Vol. 54 No. 6

Utah State University Press

The following review appeared in the February 2017 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Language & Literature

A Rhetoric of reflection, ed. by Kathleen Blake Yancey. Utah State, 2016. 328p bibl index afp ISBN 9781607325154 pbk, $31.95; ISBN 9781607325161 ebook, $25.95.

The publication of this exploration of the rhetoricity of reflection is timely, given the prominent role that reflective writing plays in such large-scale national assessment efforts as the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). As Yancey (Florida State Univ.) explains in her introduction, reflection “has been identified as one of the (few) measures of student progress acceptable to the federal government" because NSSE "results consistently correlate with student retention and graduation." This increased appreciation for reflective practices is one of the characteristics that Yancey identifies with a “third generation in reflection,” and the essays in this volume detail a variety of new directions in the theory and practice of reflective writing and situate current work in the context of earlier, foundational scholarship. Written by some of the best-known rhetoric and composition scholars working on the subject of reflection, the essays revisit and revise earlier reflective practices, consider reflection in larger contexts, and theorize new possibilities for reflection, including multimodal reflection. This collection makes a valuable contribution to rhetoric and composition studies by articulating current practices and theories and demonstrating how the field is evolving in response to new technologies, classroom exigencies, and national priorities.

--A. M. Laflen, Marist College

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.