ERIC Number: ED369975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Writing Workshop and the Adult Learner.
Peelen, Carolyn A.
Experience and research have shown that writing workshops are an excellent tool for improving workers' writing skills. In the past 5 years, the emphasis of writing instruction has shifted from a focus primarily on handwriting, correct spelling, and simple reinforcement of skills to a focus on empowering students by emphasizing fluency and student decision-making in writing. In workplace settings, this has meant a shift to writing exercises that prompt employees who may be accustomed to positions of subordination to make decisions and act independently and creatively. The workshop environment has been shown to echo the goal of relating good writing skills to the workplace. The emphasis on content and exercising students' voices may seem to overlook the teaching of mechanics and grammar in workshop classes; however, experience has shown that grammar may not be a necessary element of adult writing instruction in workplace settings. (Attached to this document is a guide to conducting a 6-week workplace writing workshop. The six sessions feature a variety of exercises in which students gain practice in open and directed freewriting and in descriptive, creative, academic, and technical writing and in developing portfolios of their own writing.) (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education, Madison. Wisconsin Technical Coll. System.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Education and Work.
Note: For related documents, see ED 334 442-443, ED 361 535, ED 367 899-900, and CE 066 451-454.