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ERIC Number: ED329957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Recipe for Reclaiming Ownership: The Oral History Narrative.
Phillips, Jerry
A new "remedial" or marginal group has emerged in teacher certification, known in Texas as Alternate Certification. In the Texas program, university graduates earn a certificate upon completion of a rigid state-mandated program. A group of 25 graduate students and their teacher set out to examine their notions of literacy, its institutions, and to enhance their power and authority in the classroom. These non-traditional students (most with master's degrees but not from education schools) initially resisted a critical approach to learning but soon surrendered their resistance. They explored ways of writing using an oral interview writer's workshop model in which students selected, interviewed, and tape-recorded literacy life experiences of an older adult. Using the oral interviews as an instrument of learning, the students turned their findings into written narratives on literacy. Students kept a personal journal and produced a written analysis of their writing. What the students did in the workshop led them to seize ownership of their writing. Individual writers became individual owners of their writing. A new writing perspective emerged for these students. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (40th, Miami, FL, November 27-December 1, 1990).