ERIC Number: ED369087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of the Winthrop Writing Institute on Participants' Teaching and Writing 1981 through 1989.
Braswell, Nell; Berman, Joye
A study determined whether former participants in the Winthrop Writing Institutes (annual summer institutes based on the National Writing Project model) had improved classroom instruction in writing by using strategies taught in the institutes and whether they had continued to grow professionally. Surveys were returned by 49 of the 89 (1981 to 1989) participants who were still in the education field. Results indicated that: (1) junior high/middle school and secondary teachers were enrolling in the institutes at a much higher rate than other groups; (2) most teachers had more than 5 years of experience but were 10 or more years away from retirement; (3) former participants were using more class time in the teaching of writing; (4) participants believed that their students were better writers; (5) journal writing was the teaching strategy identified as being the most productive, while freewriting, modeling, and organizational strategies were also viewed as productive; and (6) former participants were not more active in seeking additional training through professional groups and inservice. Findings suggest that the Winthrop Writing Project has been effective in improving classroom writing instruction by increasing the amount of class time provided for the teaching of writing, by the variety of strategies being used in that teaching, and by former participants' growth in their own writing skills. (Contains 17 references; names of reviewers of drafts of the questionnaire, a description of data collection methods, and transcripts of audiotaped interviews are attached.) (RS)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Strategies, Writing Teachers
Winthrop Writing Project, Winthrop University, Bancroft Building, Rock Hill, SC 29733 ($6.29; quantity price available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, SC.
Identifiers: Teacher Surveys; Winthrop College SC