ERIC Number: ED192381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Engaging Students in the Writing Process.
Oster, John E.
One of the most disconcerting findings of researchers who have looked at the way writers write is that their processes bear little resemblance to what is expected of students in the classroom. Some aspects of the lesson that do not correspond to our current understanding of the composing process are (1) providing no time for the conception and incubation of ideas, (2) allowing no opportunity for the use of expressive language, (3) assigning topics of little interest to the students, (4) using an oversimplified formula for composing, (5) relying on a stiff form of outlining as a necessary first step in composing, and (6) attempting to improve writing by focusing on the elimination of errors. Teachers must help students realize that writing is a process of discovery, a way of revealing their own thoughts. They must also keep in mind how varied the writing process can be, both from writer to writer and from task to task. The writing program should be flexible enough to accommodate the composing processes with which students have experienced success, while at the same time providing them with opportunities for experiencing alternate strategies which they may adopt as part of their personal repertoire. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (13th, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 18-22, 1980).