ERIC Number: ED332206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Readers, Writers, Teachers: The Process of Pedagogy.
The key to initiating a training program for new composition instructors or teaching assistants (TAs), or for successfully maintaining one already in place, is to understand that TAs need to be acclimated to the discourse of composition. In addition, departments must clearly define the theories and goals underlying composition instruction, and incorporate these theories into the mandatory syllabus. Surveys of new TAs of freshman composition courses at Ohio State University (33 participated) showed that many TAs were initially unfamiliar with basic concepts of composition, and felt that the required one-week intensive course coupled with a three-credit hour non-graded introduction to composition was essential to their preparation as teachers. They also favored the use of the department-sanctioned syllabus, which contains lesson plans, instructions for managing group work, trouble-shooting advice, and most importantly, the underlying rationales for all activities. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio State University; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).