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ERIC Number: ED120780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 278
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Peer Tutoring in a Writing Workshop.
Smith, Mark Edward
This study describes in detail the synthesis of two relatively new, widely accepted and critically approved teaching methods, writing workshops and peer tutoring programs, in a coordinated program designed to improve student writing skills and attitudes. After tracing the origin of this experiment to specific concerns about the use of standard English in student compositions, the teaching of writing as a process as well as a product, and the individualization of instruction, the history, types, and present status of writing workshops and peer tutoring programs are examined. Then, the theory underlying their use is examined with special emphasis on individualization of instruction, a frequently misunderstood concept. A detailed analysis of the respective strengths and weaknesses of workshps and peer tutoring follows, demonstrating not only that these two methods offer a highly individualized pedagogy, but also that they complement each other almost perfectly. Both general evaluations of the students and tutors, based primarily on responses on evaluation forms, and individual evaluations of student-tutor pairs, based primarily on their essays, show that specific and definite improvements in student writing and attitudes toward composition resulted from this project. (Author/RB)
University Microfilms, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 76-9320, MF$7.50, Xerography $15.00)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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