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ERIC Number: ED186893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Responding to Composition: An Adlerian Approach.
Dillman, Richard H.
A psychology for responding to student writing that follows Adlerian principles can provide teachers with a basis for reacting to student papers. The teacher commentary derived from individual psychology should be supplemented by editorial comments directed to individual problems, and it works best with freshman composition courses full of novice writers. Adlerian principles of encouragement, natural consequences such as praise or withdrawal, and minimal criticism contribute to teacher/student relationships based on cooperation and lessen the potential for conflict. Encouragement should be balanced with constructive criticism, with students having the option of rewriting until they succeed. Another technique based on Adlerian psychology is holding class councils or meetings during which class members can discuss specific writing assignments or probe evaluation criteria. Encouragement is the most important concept and must be high in the teacher's priorities, because without it and the students' perceptions of genuine concern and interest by the teacher, this system of responding to composition has little chance of success. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).