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ERIC Number: ED218652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Research Paper: The Student as Audience.
Soven, Margot
According to composition researcher Ken Macrorie, the student research paper violates the pedagogical premise that writing skills are best learned when the writer says something he or she really believes in, for a specific purpose, to a well-defined audience. The problem is not solved by simply telling students that their classmates as well as their teacher will read their papers. It seems natural to provide the students with a rhetorical context that approximates the interactive atmosphere of academic life. In one college composition course, the research paper assignment deals with a question addressed in three assigned essays from a reader. Students write their own research papers with the knowledge that the information they contain will be needed by their group partners for a later assignment, which keeps students interested in helping each other write good papers. As they work through the various stages of their papers, they meet with their groups, and, with the aid of a checklist, give each other suggestions and criticism. Each student then reads the final research papers and uses the information gained as the basis for an in-class essay describing the relationships among the ideas contained in all of the papers written by the members of that group. While the class period is not long enough to read all the papers and write a careful essay, the principles of this method are sound in that students learn that it is natural and desirable to write with a specific purpose and audience in mind, and to receive support and encouragement from the community for which they are writing. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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