ERIC Number: ED085757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Perhaps the Professor Should Cut Class.
Fisher, Lester A.; Murray, Donald M.
A basic college composition course without class meetings in which the instructors responded individually to each student's writing is described. The content of the course was each student's writing and the teaching method was the student writing and the teacher reacting in conference. Each student received a question-and-answer sheet, a brief style guide, and a "writer's checklist." The students were asked to write a paper once a week and confer with the instructor at least once a week. It was felt that the students in this way began to understand that the content was more important than the form and that what they said determined how they said it. It was also felt that the students gained more confidence in their writing abilities. The instructors felt the conference method compressed the time and energy usually consumed for classroom instruction; that the conference method provided good individualization of instruction and provided an invironment in which the students competed against themselves and not against others. Above all, it was felt that the conference method of teaching composition produced better student writers. (HOD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (61st, Las Vegas, Nov. 24-27, 1971) originally titled "Get Back on That Log"