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ERIC Number: ED370103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Folklore, Cultural Diversity, and Field Research in First-Year Composition.
Henderson, Sarah
A first-year composition instructor designed a 3-week unit on folklore that fulfilled a requirement that students produce writing based on field research at some time during the semester. The unit begins with a discussion of the concepts of folklore, folklore genres, and the role that folklore serves in folk and ethnic groups and cultures, according to folklorists. Students then practice identifying folk groups and using field research techniques to observe, collect, and analyze an example of folklore. Next they submit a short research proposal for a field research project and a paper (five to six pages long). Students carry out their research and write their papers in the context of the composition class as they continue to learn about the writing process. They seem to enjoy working on their folklore field research projects, where their powers of observation as well as their writing skills are sharpened. (A definition of folklore; a diagram of the levels of culture; a characterization of folklore; a list of some familiar items of elite, popular, or folk culture; a list of the functions of folklore; a definition of folk group; a documentation form to guide students in their research; a list of genres of folklore; and a 54-item selected bibliography of folklore and education are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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