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ERIC Number: ED403579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing in Action: Observing Students and the Teaching of Writing in the General Education Curriculum.
Zenger, Amy A.
In Portland State University's Freshman Inquiry program, 5 teachers, each from different disciplines, meet weekly to design the syllabus and the assignments used by all of the sections which are designed around the theme of "The City: Visions and Realities." A participant observer takes field notes and studies these for ways to extract program goals. These goals are to teach communication skills, to foster inquiry and critical thinking, to raise awareness of ethics and social responsibility, and, in addition, to create a climate of diversity and multiculturalism in the classroom. The program has focused on ethnic groups issues, with student groups creating oral presentations from one ethnic group's viewpoint, and reading and writing on this subject. Some questions that arose were: Can the writing process and criteria for good writing be derived from, or transferred to, other tasks and activities such as the creation of graphs, or the filming and editing of videos? Should all of the teachers in a collaborative teaching situation give the same assignment or not? Teachers have different goals and different passions--perhaps the assignments should be varied to reflect this; and how might a writing assistant best fit into a class like this one? (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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