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ERIC Number: ED314954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Teaching of Writing: Toward a Pedagogy of Questions.
Zamel, Vivian
Two case studies of student writers of English as a Second Language (ESL), interviewed and observed over a period of two semesters focused on the ways that the students' different experiences affected their reflections about and attitudes toward writing. Teachers and tutors were also interviewed. The three students began the study enrolled in the same college pre-composition course. The students experienced success and frustration according to their skills and classroom environments. It is observed that the initial classroom experience with writing in the pre-composition course followed a model of instruction that discouraged both skilled and unskilled students to think critically, write to explore, generate hypotheses, inquire, and create meaning. The teacher of the second course acknowledged, validated and extended student's contributions. A review of related literature supports the validity of the "pedagogy of questions," of posing a few answerless riddles, which appears to empower both students and teachers in the process of discovery. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Realizing the Dream. Selected Conference Proceedings; see FL 018 303.