ERIC Number: ED354543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Improving Writing Skills in Alternative High School English Classes through Writers' Workshops.
Mouritzen, Gaye S.
A practicum, in an alternative high school work setting, was designed to deal with the problem of a deficiency in the writing ability students needed to express themselves skillfully and adequately. The goal was to increase writing involvement and writing ability. The objectives included the organization of a writing program, the improvement of written communication for various purposes, an increase in writing participation and quality, and a lessening of writing apprehension with an increase in positive attitudes. The implemented solution centered on the initiation and operation of writers' workshops, utilizing process writing, modification of the teacher's role, student-centered classrooms, and student selection of topics and projects. The main idea in the workshop was for much writing to take place in an environment that encouraged participation, writing improvement, and risk-taking. This represented a start toward bringing needed change to the writing program of the school. The overall increase in writing quality was not documented, but a positive movement was seen in the lower section of the assessment range. More time may be needed to show an increase. The degree of participation, the amount of work accomplished, and the improvement in many attitudes was refreshing. The idea of a safe environment was fulfilled, and much writing took place with the students beginning to assume ownership of their own work and their learning. (Two tables of data are included; 38 references, a questionnaire, and a perception survey are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.