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ERIC Number: ED371395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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What Can We Reasonably Expect at the End of Freshman Composition?
Sandman, John
What the instructor of freshman composition might reasonably hope for at the end of the semester is that his or her students have advanced sufficiently in their self-critical attitudes so as to approach future writing challenges with some sense of hope. To borrow Russell A. Hunt's metaphor, freshmen might at least learn to strive toward opening the "door of understanding" even if the instructor will not witness their flinging the door wide open and walking through. What is expected of freshmen after a semester of work is often simplistic; hard results are difficult to come by. A professor who asks his students to evaluate their own skills as writers at several points during the semester finds that their last set of evaluations yield what some might consider "disappointing" results. But if instructors should strive to instill confidence in their students, they must also recognize that for a student to recognize his or her own weaknesses is also part of the process of becoming a writer. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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