ERIC Number: ED260454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-20
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Encouraging Scholarly Investigation, Striving for Expertness, Collegial Exchanges.
Harrington, David V.
A major concern when encouraging faculty development in teaching composition should be an appeal to faculty pride. Most college English faculty have been conditioned to see the teaching of composition as work for apprentices. The teaching of good writing is not merely strenuous and time-consuming; it demands the best of one's imaginative, mental, and scholarly powers. Perhaps faculty will respond most favorably to scholarly investigation of writing, with appeals to their already existing strengths. English teachers can develop in their colleagues a professional commitment to the teaching of writing by encouraging (1) personal contact, conversations, and exchange of bibliographical notes; (2) exchange lectures in each other's classes when schedules permit; (3) presentations at departmental seminars, inservice meetings, and luncheons; (4) application for program spots at professional meetings; and (5) preparation of articles for the professional journals. None of these includes references to such incentives as raised salaries, extra funds, or recognition for the literary faculty who also write about composition or other incentives. But for important changes and continued growth, there must be an appeal to more conventional scholarly motives. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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