ERIC Number: ED246424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Writing as a Participant-Observer: Making the Most of Social and Work Experience. Discussion Booklet 1, Series B: Writing 14 to 18.
Dixon, John; Stratta, Leslie
There are several distinct reasons for writing as a participant-observer. In general, the choice lies among four broad kinds of writing that differ according to role, purpose, and audience. Diary writing can record and clarify for the student what went on, possibly with a privileged reader in mind who will have a sympathetic understanding. The log combines several functions--recording vocational achievement against a check list, diagnosing problems, and evaluating what has been significant for discussion with a tutor or supervisor. Narrative accounts tell a wider audience what happened from a personal point of view, to generate interest and encourage reflection on the writer's general observations. The generalized report can offer a wider audience a report in more general terms, answering a range of relevant questions such as how things were organized, what roles various people played, and people's attitudes to each other. (CRH)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Independent Study, Personal Writing, Secondary Education, Study Guides, Writing Exercises, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction
Southern Regional Examinations Board, Avondale House, 33 Carlton Crescent, Southampton S09 4YL, England (35 pence).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
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