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ERIC Number: ED176313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Transactional Analysis in Basic Writing: Going Behind Fear.
Maiden, Emory
Instruction in basic composition can be undertaken as a cooperative effort between student and teacher similar to the interrelationship of performer and audience. Cooperative instruction implies more than changing texts and using class time in new ways it implies that the instructor must show a greater sensitivity to attitude. Transactional analysis (TA) offers a way of understanding and practicing writing instruction in a cooperative mode. A major aim of TA is to change established patterns of communication into more positive expression. It affords a means to better understand how attitude affects communication and how communication affects the roles of the correspondents-students writing and instructors reading. Students who articulate that they hate English may be saying, "I'm OK, but writing is not OK," which the instructor can help by showing how writing may be a source of positive benefit. A more common and complicated attitude is "I am not OK and neither is my writing." This may require a teacher to present a positive alternative in which the student sees writing as a skill not a gift. The role of the teacher is to demonstrate positive attitudes toward students and their writing. Acceptance means reading through the student's eyes to avoid some of the damaging effects of unconscious attitudes brought to the reading. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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