ERIC Number: ED369098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-17
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Breaking the Blame Cycle: A Small Partnership between Preservice Writing Teachers and Elementary Classrooms.
Hedengren, Elizabeth Finch
A partnership between a class for preservice elementary teachers in the university and an elementary class in the public schools goes a long way to breaking down the cycle of blame, whereby parents and teachers on all levels blame each other for the poor quality of education offered to students. A small program at Brigham Young University (Utah) requiring university students and Provo, Utah elementary children to exchange personal letters with each other, for instance, allows preservice teachers to experience first-hand the type of writing that they will have to work with later on the job. The experience of exchanging letters helps these preservice teachers to develop practical theories about how to teach writing to elementary school students. Furthermore, from the standpoint of the elementary student, writing letters to an adult is exciting and emotionally fulfilling; it also provides the experience of writing for a real audience. A university-school partnership can also involve panel discussions with elementary school teachers, through which preservice teachers may gain a realistic view of teaching. Finally, preservice teachers enrolled in writing classes may discover practical topics for research papers through their communication with elementary school teachers. By researching topics suggested by professionals on the job, preservice teachers have a sense of writing for an audience and researching a subject of importance. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Brigham Young University UT; Pen Pals
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (45th, Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 1994).