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ERIC Number: ED310410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-14
Pages: 16
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Partners in Knowledge: Negotiating a Student-Teacher Relationship.
Dixon, Kathleen G.
A case study examined the student-teacher relationship in writing conferences to determine how both teachers and students can better negotiate teaching-learning situations. Students enrolled in a six-week tutorial writing course at the University of Michigan were used as subjects. Tape-recorded conversations in the weekly half-hour conferences initially appeared commonplace and casual, and relevant only to the extent of establishing rapport between participants, but were actually crucially important to the writing process. Dave, the subject of the case study, was nervous and rather ashamed of being placed in a basic writing course. However, with each conversation, both student and teacher came to understand conference rules and roles and how to exchange knowledge, which led to a change of understanding for both. The student-teacher relationship was no longer predicated on an existing inequality, rather on inquiry in which both partners equally shared their likes and dislikes. (Transcripts of conference dialogue with one student (Dave) are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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