ERIC Number: ED120809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Balancing Theory with Practice in the Training of Writing Teachers.
Gebhardt, Richard C.
Students preparing to teach writing in public school or college should understand the conceptual basis of composition and the teaching of writing, as well as be exposed to practical teaching experience. Writing teachers need to have an understanding of the structure and history of the English language, rhetoric, and the varied theoretical frameworks posited. In addition, a grasp of productive teaching methods is essential concerning the following: the importance of writing, audience, writing as process, positive instruction, and students' responsibility for their own writing. A special course in "Writing for Teachers of Writing" can provide practical work in tutoring, editing, and grading, as well as make available student teaching placements which emphasize written work. In order to sensitize prospective teachers to their students' needs, the quality of their own prose should be examined, and the following questions answered: What is a writing teacher? What's wrong with writing teaching today? What are the elements of effective writing instruction? In simulation of their future classroom experience, prospective teachers work in small groups, learn audience definition and response, work as tutors, and edit a class anthology. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (27th, Philadelphia, March 25-27, 1976)