ERIC Number: ED208905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Writing for the Whole Person: A Transpersonal Approach to Freshman Composition.
This text, written for students and teachers of English Composition, incorporates writing instruction with concepts of transpersonal psychology in a holistic and cosmic approach to writing. The text comprises nine units, which include teaching materials, group and individual exercises, and writing assignments. Unit I presents techniques of relaxation, meditation, affirmation, and consciousness raising. Unit II introduces parapsychology with silent psychic exercises and class exercises in psychic interviewing. Unit III uses guided fantasies to help students relive experiences and imagine situations. Unit IV relates to personal growth, micro-macro movement, and unity and diversity. This unit provides assignments to nurture students' cosmic consciousness. In Unit V, several concepts related to creativity are encountered, including hemispheric dominance and biofeedback, and exercises are presented which extend students' awareness of their brain's right side. Unit VI presents three inner-awareness options which employ the techniques of gestalt psychology. Spirituality, transcendence, and peak experience are the foci of Unit VII, in which literary examples are provided of transcendent states. Unit VIII provides a collection of materials relating to birth, death, and reincarnation, for use in developing writing assignments. The final unit lists term paper subjects which can be explored using a "New Age" perspective. Appendices include a glossary, film list, and summary of student responses to the approach. (KL/AYC)
Descriptors: College English, English Instruction, Holistic Approach, Humanistic Education, Paragraph Composition, Postsecondary Education, Role Playing, Self Actualization, Textbooks, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction
Chakra Four Publishing Company, 4844 Sparks Ave., San Diego, CA 92110 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Ph. D. Dissertation, University for Humanistic Studies. Illustrations and forms may not reproduce well.