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ERIC Number: ED319056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Growth and Conflict in Basic Writing.
Harris, Joseph
The most serious approaches to teaching basic writing in the last 20 years have been framed by the competing metaphors of growth and metaphors of initiation. The growth model pulled attention away from the forms of academic discourse and toward what students could and could not do as writers, and encouraged teachers to respect and work with the skills which students brought to the classroom. Recent metaphors of initiation have often seemed to exaggerate conflicts and differences, in equating learning with assimilation or conversion. At times, in attempting to balance the two competing genres of everyday discourse and academic discourse, the student seems more "written by" than the '"writer of" his text. A basic writing course should freely admit and build upon conflicts and permit students to draw upon their full histories as persons as much as they can. In doing so, they might begin to gain a sense of why an individual works and writes at a university and of the sorts of power and insight an individual can gain there. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A