ERIC Number: ED234429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Imaging as a Heuristic.
Imaging, or disciplined daydreaming, can be used in the composition class to expose students to their innate creativity, lessen writing anxiety, refresh memories before writing of personal experiences, and make impersonal subjects, such as historical events, vital and personal. Teachers can construct a classroom imaging session (which takes about 50 minutes, including 15 for writing) by (1) guiding students through progressive relaxation of their bodies; (2) introducing a predetermined locale and asking students questions about the locale that evoke visual, auditory, and olfactory images; (3) leading students on a "tour" through the locale; (4) instructing the students, if they are to be given control over their imaging, to return to every day awareness after they have fulfilled the purpose of the activity; and (5) having students write of their experiences. To insure a more effective imaging experience, teachers should have students sit in a circle, make their language as precise and clear as possible, introduce familiar locales in early imaging experiences, and deliver instructions in a rhythmic and relaxed voice. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Imaging; Invention (Rhetorical)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).