ERIC Number: ED344230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Frank Aydelotte, Oxford University, and the Thought Movement in America.
Moran, Michael G.
Frank Aydelotte is best remembered for developing in the 1930s and 1940s the nation's most innovative and influential honors program, based on the education he received as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. As coordinator of freshman English at Indiana University, Aydelotte attacked the dominant Harvard model of instruction while promoting a method emphasizing the importance of teaching students to think critically about issues, thereby becoming a chief spokesperson for the thought movement in America. Aydelotte, at Oxford beginning in 1903, experienced a method of study very different from what he had known at Harvard. At Oxford, a strong grounding in the important thought of western culture strengthened students' minds and because they wrote regularly about what they read, it also helped them to become strong writers. Aydelotte argued that writing cannot be taught alone, but only in conjunction with reading and thinking. Upon returning to Indiana University, Aydelotte developed an approach to writing instruction that emphasized wide reading, deep thought, and hard work. This new approach had considerable influence among educators. Aydelotte's revolution proved, however, to be short-lived. In addition to the problems identified by his contemporaries, the thought course rejected almost all explicit instruction in rhetoric by privileging content over form, and thus did not provide the tools for teaching average students to write. (Eighteen references are appended.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Frank Aydelotte; Harvard University MA; Indiana University; University of Oxford (England)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).