ERIC Number: ED216372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching With a Purpose: The Perry Scheme and the Teaching of Writing.
Burnham, Christopher C.
While close analysis of individual composing processes has been the major accomplishment of recent writing research, this research has not yet sufficiently considered how students develop as learners. The work of William Perry, a developmental psychologist, can contribute to an understanding of that development. Based on an analysis of interviews of undergraduates during four years at Harvard University, Perry identified a developmental sequence of student attitudes toward their college experiences beginning with dualism, moving through multiplicity and relativism, and arriving at commitment within relativism. The Perry scheme gives college composition teachers a way to describe their students, to understand what intellectual or cognitive operations they control, and to determine what kind of writing assignments would best serve their social and intellectual development. It also suggests the use of two pedagogical techniques that foster growth rather than inhibit it, expressive writing and collaborative learning. (AEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Perry (William)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).