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ERIC Number: ED402580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Building a Community Discourse for a Writing Program: Creating a Handbook and a Common Experience Teaching Program for Adjunct Faculty.
Price, Carol
Adjunct professors are used widely to teach the great number of elementary composition courses for freshmen. Too often, they are underpaid, overworked, and undertrained. One sad result of this is that the experience for students in these classes varies from class to class as novice teachers cast about for a way of handling a writing curriculum with which they are not very familiar. Many times there are no departmental resources for training these instructors in current research and theory about the process of writing using invention, multiple drafting, peer collaboration, and teacher-assisted revision. To encourage teaching approaches informed by the most current theories, a one-day orientation practicum was organized, along with monthly workshops, and the writing of a short, concise handbook. The orientation day came into being because faculty volunteered to make presentations; some part-time instructors even made presentations; breakfast and lunch were offered to give adjunct faculty a sense that they were appreciated professionals. Articles and handouts were given to the participants so they would have a chance to look them over ahead of time. The monthly workshops grew out of the one-day orientation, and the handbook, in turn, grew out of the workshops. Its organization was geared toward the faculty who would be using it--it was a quick practical guide for experienced teachers as opposed to a how-to manual for beginners. (Contains 10 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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