ERIC Number: ED188234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
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Freeing the "Child" for Creative Language Use.
Werdman, Anne M.; Caffrey, Thomas J.
In the framework of Transactional Analysis, there are three ego states, the Parent, Child, and Adult. Students' enthusiasm for learning is directly related to the health of their Child ego state. Since the Adult ego state exemplifies the rational part, schools can be seen as organized to further the functioning of this state. An examination of courses of study, curriculum guides, teacher's editions of textbooks, and actual classroom activities reveals an urgency to get students to act consistently in the Adult state, where they examine data, make comparisons, infer relationships, and draw conclusions in order to solve problems. However, language learning can be more effective when the Adult ego state functions in service of the Child. In this way, students' curiosity, spontaneity, and creativity are channelled into making learning exciting and enjoyable. Activity sequences should be chosen to foster creative investigation and expression, and should culminate in composing experiences based on first-hand activities in collection of data. (Several activities are included.) (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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