ERIC Number: ED198519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Headwaters: English Teachers' Constructs of Teaching Writing.
Diamond, C. T. Patrick
Twenty constructs about writing instruction were identified in a study during which 93 teachers responded to and free-sorted 80 statements about the teaching of writing. A latent partition analysis was applied in order to summarize the data and to make apparent the major similarities in all the teachers' categorizations. Some of the identified constructs are: (1) ideal teachers of writing are interested in their students as people and respect their individuality; (2) learning to write is a conscious mechanical skill acquired in a progressive sequence with the teacher dispensing the precepts governing writing and the students learning by drill; (3) what the teacher of writing needs, when marking, is to be a good audience, a receptive and encouraging reader rather than a judge; (4) that the most serious faults in student writing involve confused expressions or hazy ideas rather than just mechanical errors; (5) writing is dependent upon speech; (6) neither the use of models and samples of good writing nor the preteaching of rhetoric may help students to recognize and solve their own writing problems; and (7) students need to be helped to write for a variety of needs and purposes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document. Paper presented at International Conference "Learning to Write" (Ottawa, Canada, May, 1979).