ERIC Number: ED309440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Transforming Future Teachers' Ideas about Writing Instruction.
Florio-Ruane, Susan; Lensmire, Timothy J.
A course was developed which offers opportunities for prospective teachers to transform their prior experiences with teaching, writing, and children as they began to assume the role of the teacher. The course breaks with the ordinary understanding of beginning teachers in three ways: (1) instead of placing writing in genre boxes, writing is viewed as created by people to accomplish certain intellectual and social purposes; (2) the writing classroom is designed to foster collaboration; and (3) children begin to write before they receive formal instruction and are actively involved in figuring out the writing system. Student teachers in the course experienced the most difficulty and discomfort when the course content challenged their previous views of school roles and curriculum in ways that directly threatened their ability to maintain control, but the break from ordinary experience provided by disciplinary knowledge seemed almost reassuring when the prospective teachers worked with children and saw them in new ways. When inexperienced teachers were introduced to the children's processes of writing development, they saw both children and teaching in a new way. They realized new possibilities for the teacher to play a supportive and responsive role as children learned to write. (Three figures are included; 17 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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