ERIC Number: ED214181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Teacher Conversations about Writing: Shifting Topics in the Writing Conference.
Freedman, Sarah Warshauer
The individual writing conference is one of the key settings in which adults are taught to write. Success in the conference can be connected both to its structure (who can talk when and how much, and what types of talk are sequenced in what ways) and to the content within that structure (what topics are discussed, the amount of collaboration between student and teacher in sustaining topics, and so on). In one study of such conferences, tape recorded conversations between one teacher and four students were analyzed for content and structure. The analysis of the first introductory conference revealed that the conferences were teacher controlled and centered around a discussion of the student's past experiences with writing and a review of the student's first writing sample. The substantive topic that the teacher initiated most frequently differed for the stronger students and weaker students and differed according to ethnic group. For the stronger students, most of the teacher-initiated talk centered around idea development. For the weaker students, talk centered around mechanics, revision, and issues of strategy. Another interesting difference in the topics of conversation was affective. The teacher spent a great deal of time praising the stronger students and very little time, if any, praising the weaker students. Stronger students knew how to initiate praise, but the weaker students behaved and spoke in a manner that might have alienated the teacher. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication; Teacher Student Conferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).