ERIC Number: ED390473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Seeds and Searches: The Writing Process in Higher Education.
Smith, Thomas J.
The use of reflective SEED and I-Search papers in a higher education classroom at North Carolina's Ramseur College has allowed both undergraduate and graduate education students to reflect on their knowledge and experiences, gain meaning from these higher educational experiences, and make connections between their learning and the "real world." SEED papers are similar to first drafts and are designed to allow students to get their ideas on paper as quickly as possible. Students are required to submit 10 SEED papers per semester and are not required to edit for grammar or other mechanical errors unless their meaning is not clear. The I-Search papers, based on Macrorie's model, provide students with the opportunity to conduct research which is personally meaningful to their lives and their own unique learning environments. In the process, students identify an anomaly from their own lived experience as a topic for research and, after discussing their topics in groups, write the I-Search paper describing their search for data on the topic. After the papers have been revised, students present their I-Search papers to the class. The papers are evaluated primarily on the development of ideas and their connection to the writer's anomaly. Student responses to both the SEED and I-Search assignments have been positive. Contains 31 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: I Search Papers; Macrorie (Ken); SEED Papers
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.