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ERIC Number: ED355545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 14
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A Short History of Graduate Preparation of Writing Teachers.
Pytlik, Betty P.
The current practice and theory of preparing college teachers of writing can benefit greatly by considering the history of writing teacher education as practiced in this country since at least 1894. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) offered the first course for new teachers of writing in 1912, and in the early years of this century, occasional calls for better graduate training programs were made in articles published in "English Journal." However, in the 1940s, 1950s, and the 1960s, few beginning teachers were even given such essential ingredients as course syllabi, office space, or any training for their first course as instructors. By the end of the 1960s, the newly-formed field of composition studies began to develop increasing influence in teacher preparation. But it was in the 1950s that secondary English education was transformed into the triad of language, literature, and composition, a move that ended up greatly affecting the way graduate students were trained to teach. The great wave of war veterans who entered American universities in the late 'forties and 'fifties had sudden impact in how composition was to be taught. The same questions being asked today were addressed during the crucial transition period of the 1950s: questions about methods, curricula, texts, assessment, and management. How teachers in the 'fifties answered these and other questions is instructive to today's professionals, and in fact profoundly changed the field. Further, a new interest in research and the theory of composition studies forever changed the way new instructors were trained. (Contains 21 references.) (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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