ERIC Number: ED337809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Emotional Transitions: The Studio/Peer Instructor Approach to Basic Writing.
The emotional transitions basic writers have to make when they enter the academic setting can be overwhelming. Basic writers tend to have a host of problems and obstacles to overcome, not the least of which are their own anxieties. One way to alleviate some of the anxieties and insecurities is through a studio or workshop course staffed with classroom teachers and peer instructors. One advantage of this approach, such as the one used in a course at Tarleton State University (Texas), is that it decenters the instructor, focusing instead on the students' needs. Rather than lecturing, the instructor works with the students through the composing process 3 days per week. In addition, each student has additional lab time for independent work on computers, and for individual help from instructors and tutors. Peer tutors are prepared for their role in the course with a rigorous training program that uses actual student papers to demonstrate holistic grading, and which prepares the tutors for the anxiety and hostility they will encounter. The tutor's role is to reduce anxiety by bridging the gap between the students and the instructors. Although the studio/peer instructor approach is not a blanket solution to all the problems surrounding basic writing programs, it is a step in the right direction. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Writers; Tarleton State University TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (San Antonio, TX April 18-20, 1991).