ERIC Number: ED143021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Laboratory Approach to Writing.
Laque, Carol Feiser; Sherwood, Phyllis A.
This book describes an approach to teaching writing as an ongoing learning process shared by teacher and students. The method, which features multiple options for both teacher and students, is suited to a developmental, individualized approach. The emphasis is on inductive, dialectical methods in which teacher and students question, probe, debate, evaluate, and refine each idea expressed in writing until it becomes as coherent, organized, logical, and developed as the students are able to make it. The book first outlines a course of study in which teachers can explore new modes of teaching writing. Specific classroom methods and strategies are then discussed, with special attention given to the small-group method and the interview method for teaching writing; examples of teaching exercises, games, and techniques are provided. The final sections of the book discuss evaluation procedures for the teacher and for the students and demonstrate, through examples and discussions of student writing, how the writing process works. The program is directed to community college teachers, but the authors note that much of what is discussed can be used or adapted at the secondary and university levels. (GW)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Induction, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Secondary Education, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.