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ERIC Number: ED374174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-4
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Writing Tasks and Roles Students Play: The Case of Learning To Write in an Inner City Classroom.
Sperling, Melanie
This paper explores the ways in which inner-city students' social, cultural, and political relationships and their thinking and behavior patterns that stem from the range of different situations outside the classroom can shape the classroom roles that they develop with their peers as thinkers and learners of English and writing. It presents a case study taken from 6 weeks of observing writing instruction in an inner-city classroom and explores students' classroom roles during a class discussion and writing exercise conducted the day after the events surrounding the jury verdict in the original Rodney King trial. Results show that all focal students played roles in relationship to three social realities: the classroom community, the world outside the classroom, and their impending texts. Furthermore, these three realities are sometimes critically interconnected. How these realities manifest themselves in the classroom discussions and exercises are discussed as well as the implications for research. (Contains 34 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).