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ERIC Number: ED358464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Pairing Honors and Basic Writing Students: A Step toward Detracking First-Year Students.
Duffey, Suellynn; Belanger, Kelly
In response to the segregation, stigmatization, and valorization that placement systems can cause, writing instructors at Ohio State University paired an honors class with a basic writing class. For each of 3 years, the paired classes met in adjoining computer-enhanced classrooms, and when the classroom dividing wall was opened, the students worked collaboratively in mixed-placement groups. The students followed the same rigorous curriculum. Each of the three paired classes was team taught and observed daily by graduate student ethnographers. In public presentation and discussion, several issues were raised: (1) should "honors" and "basic" students be mixed to avoid labels; (2) should students be told about the experimental nature of the course; and (3) should the assumption be that the "smart" honors students were supposed to tutor the "dumb" basic writers. Teachers found it as difficult as students to look beyond the stereotypes created by labels that the placement systems bestows. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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