ERIC Number: ED191067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Toward More Effective Teacher Response to Student Writing.
This paper illustrates the usefulness of five principles of interpersonal communication in identifying ineffective teacher responses to student writing and in improving those responses. The principles described are that successful communicators (1) convey positive regard for the other person, (2) show empathic understanding for the ideas and feelings of the other person, (3) acknowledge openly their own ideas and feelings, (4) actively involve the other person in the communication act, and (5) strive for positive rather than negative evaluation when evaluation is required. The paper notes that the major causes of ineffective teacher response are failures on the part of teachers to acknowledge what a writer conveyed, to involve the writer in advice given for revision, and to acknowledge directly the reasons for their own reactions. Examples of teacher responses and improved versions of those responses make up the major portion of the paper. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).