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ERIC Number: ED169546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing Groups in an Interdisciplinary Program or Getting Around the Professorial Block.
Scanlon, Leone
Peer writing groups help students to write personally satisfying, communicative prose by allowing them to get away from competition for grades and from the fear and authority carried by the teacher. The writing group approach builds into the writing process the opportunity for revision and feedback before submitting a paper to the teacher for a grade, allows stimulating cooperation instead of stressful competition, and helps develop critical thinking. Using undergraduate teaching apprentices as facilitators for such groups is the way one system works in an interdisciplinary program. The apprentices show video tapes and lead discussions of student writing. In most instances, the facilitator moves from guide to participant to occasional visitor as the group develops skill. Some purposes that the groups fill include helping in the process of invention by generating talk, supporting the timid writer by providing peers who demand writing and provide the flattery of paying attention to that writing, developing listening skills, and providing a truer sense of audience than the teacher alone can give. (TJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Meeting of the North-East Modern Language Association (Hartford, Connecticut, March 29-31, 1979); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of originial document