ERIC Number: ED333428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Time for Immersion, A Time for Reflection: The Multigenre Research Project and Portfolio Assessment.
This paper describes the senior honors thesis (a multigenre research paper), and narrates the process by which a senior English major at the University of New Hampshire and her project advisor worked together on this semester-long project. In the first section, the multigenre research paper is defined as a work that combines poems, monologues, character sketches, photographs, drawings, songs, newspaper interviews, narratives, stream-of-consciousness, and fiction generated from biographical fact. In addition, the paper asserts that a multigenre research paper not only allows the student to become a better writer, but illuminates for both the teacher and student the processes of thinking, writing, and learning. The second, third and fourth sections of the paper discuss the way portfolios can be used as a vital component in learning, and describe how this student compiled a portfolio that contained a sampling of writing representing her process of creation, her best work, her near misses or unsatisfactory pieces, and a portfolio cover letter explaining the meaning of these artifacts. The fifth section of the paper illustrates how a final interview allowed the student to reflect further, so that the teacher could learn about the student's learning, and the student could learn about her own learning process. The final sections discuss the importance of projects, and offer more evaluation of projects, portfolios, and teacher support of student learning. (Twenty-nine references are included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multigenre Research Projects; University of New Hampshire; Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (Indianapolis, IN, March 14-16, 1991).