ERIC Number: ED269773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What Influences the Way Teachers Use Writing in Their Classrooms: The Dialectic of Chaos and Order.
Difficulties have arisen in implementing the principles of modern rhetoric in the classrooms of teachers who are interested in and committed to the principles of modern rhetoric as well as in the classrooms of teachers who use writing primarily for drill and evaluation. Although problems such as time limits, pressure from parents, lack of administrative support, class size, and differences in pedagogical beliefs have been cited as possible causes for the difficulties, differences also underlie traditional and modern rhetorics that go beyond the classroom to the personalities of teachers. An examination of the philosophical differences in the roles of learning and writing reveals that in the modern paradigm there is a dialectic between chaos and order engaged in by the learner and facilitated by the teacher that most teachers find uncomfortable. A case study of a fifth grade teacher in an urban school lends strength to this theory. If teachers are to extend and develop the uses of writing in the classroom, they must examine their anxiety about using methods that they fear will result in a loss of teacher control. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (75th, Philadelphia, PA, November 22-27, 1985).