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ERIC Number: ED355555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-23
Pages: 9
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Collaborative Journals: A Forum for Encouragement and Exploration.
Perham, Andrea J.
In an introductory-level Romantic Poetry course, a loose-leaf notebook is kept on reserve in the library to serve as a classbook or collaborative journal in which all class members (including the teacher) write comments as the semester progresses. Entries are dated and addressed to individuals or to the class as a whole. Informal entries allow students to enter the literature in their own voice, with their ignorance showing and their naivete intact. Classbook entries reveal peers' praise and support of each other, students' willingness to see themselves as a community of learners, evaluative responses to class material and presentations, and the level at which students are grasping the literature. Classbooks differ from dialogue journals because they offer the opportunity for a third, fourth, or fifth person to enter into the exchange of responses. Classbooks extend the discourse community and expand the critical context for a course. Anyone may comment at any time; comments may be made about comments, and as the discourse evolves and inevitably changes in emphasis, authority is dispersed to the point that issues can be addressed and disagreements voiced without any person's taking offense. The classbook reveals not only what students come to know (and what they do not), but also what facts, concepts, and theories they return to and make integral to their reading, thinking and writing. (SAM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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