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ERIC Number: ED314758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-26
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing Criteria for Judgment: Writers Construct Methodologies for Truth.
Flanigan, Michael
In teaching students to write extended definitions it is essential for writing instructors to teach students the concept of criteria. Without such a concept students will never be able to write effective definitions on their own. The criteria they establish for a particular definition allow them to judge which items support their positions on an issue. An effective method for teachers to employ is to turn direct lecturing about a concept into creating problems that students must solve. An example of this is a lesson entitled Scenarios on Sexual Harassment, which involves students in groups discussing their positions to clarify their criteria. What they learn from such an exercise is not someone else's definition, but their own, using their own criteria for judgment. Additionally, the writing instructor should provide criteria that guide his/her judgment of student writing based on this exercise and reinforce what has been taught through revision guides that reflect the established criteria. (Appendixes containing the Scenarios on Sexual Harassment lesson, two revision guides, and a handout on critical thinking are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A