ERIC Number: ED255942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Keystone Writing and Reasoning Skills Workshops.
Hampton, Sally; And Others
Intended especially for elementary and secondary school teachers, this report analyzes the results of the Keystone Writing and Reasoning Skills Workshop. The introductory summary states the purposes of the project, which were to interest elementary and secondary school teachers in the proposition that writing is essential to critical thought and, from this involvement and commitment, to improve the writing skills and attitudes toward writing of the participants. The first section explains the importance of writing, pointing out that the ability to write is central to the development of thought. The next section describes the spring workshops, the purposes of which were to introduce current theory and techniques in composition and to refine the writing and composing skills of Fort Worth teachers. The next section, "Evaluating the Writing Samples," contains procedures for evaluation and includes sample training papers and a selected, 11-item bibliography on holistic scoring. In the following section, three instruments tested the participants' assessment of the workshops: a measure of writing apprehension scale, a scale for negative attitude toward writers and writing, and a post-assessment of the workshop. Sample learning logs--entries written by participants after each session--are presented in the next session. The final section discusses the use of current research and methodology in the teaching and the act of writing, the strategy of using workshops, and the use of holistic evaluation. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Richardson (Sid W.) Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.
Authoring Institution: Fort Worth Independent School District, TX.