ERIC Number: ED270790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Workshopping for Faculty: Report to CCC Thinktank.
Many writing teachers agree that peer review is a beneficial experience for student writers. Recently, this experience has also been made available to faculty members at San Diego State University through a faculty writers' workshop. In the workshops, listeners give constructive criticism while at the same time pointing out what works well and what is effective. Because participants in the workshops are members of different departments, they are sometimes more comfortable sharing unfinished, imperfect drafts in this situation than they would be if they were showing an incomplete product to members of their own department knowledgeable in the subject area. On those occasions when papers are not comprehensible to non-experts, the basic issues of audience, focus, and clarity emerge and authors are able to revise their work. Very often, the group concludes that the first few pages of an article could be deleted or drastically cut in order to bring the main idea directly into focus. Although finding a time to meet that is convenient for a majority of people is not easy, the pressure on college faculty to publish serves as an incentive for teachers to attend the workshops. Overall, the response has been positive and members of the workshop share a common bond. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 13-15, 1986).