ERIC Number: ED261399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Writing: Some Perennial Questions and Some Possible Answers. Occasional Paper No. 85.
Florio-Ruane, Susan; Dunn, Saundra
Based on the premise that writing research will be useful to educators only to the extent that it offers them conceptual tools to use in framing and solving their own problems, this paper reviews studies that address educators' perennial concerns about writing instruction. Among the questions addressed in the paper are those concerning (1) the current status of writing instruction, (2) the difficulty of improving writing instruction, (3) what research says about writing instruction, (4) who is studying writing, (5) what researchers have learned, (6) what teachers know about the classroom as an environment for writing, (7) the uses of language in the classroom, (8) how classroom communication is related to learning, (9) the teachers' role in writing instruction and how they influence their students' writing, (10) the alternative roles teachers can play in writing instruction, (11) what lies ahead for writing instruction, (12) how computers are used in educational settings, and (13) how educators participate in using computers in the classroom. The paper concludes with an annotated list of 14 titles on writing instruction, theory and research, curriculum, and special needs of students, and a list of special issues of journals dealing with writing instruction. (HOD)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, Teacher Role, Writing Instruction, Writing Research
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michingan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.