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ERIC Number: ED176278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Group Composing: A Classroom Technique.
Meyers, Richard; And Others
The Academic Foundations Department at Rutgers University developed an alternative method for encouraging writing that allows the students to work together in small groups. This method, called group composing, has many advantages: it is process-oriented rather than product-focused; it allows students to become aware of the options available to them as writers, to solve for themselves the puzzles of written expression by seeing the results of a number of different strategies; and it provides a new setting for composing by eliminating the teacher-directed composition class and replacing it with a student-centered learning atmosphere. The group composing process begins when students individually write sentences related to a given topic sentence. The students then meet in small groups, where they develop those independently generated thoughts into a unified, coherent paragraph. This sharing of ideas in small groups eliminates the solitude of the composing experience that so often inhibits and intimidates students' initial efforts to write on a topic. Group composing also gives student writers needed experiences as both writer and audience, whereby they learn to consider the needs of others when expressing ideas. (A brief history of how group composing developed at Rutgers and examples of student work within the process are included.) (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; 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 Meeting of the National Conference on Remedial/Developmental Studies in Post-Secondary Institutions (3rd, Chicago, Illinois, March 14-16, 1979)