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ERIC Number: ED410564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-13
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Praxis through Critical Reflections in the ESL Writing Classroom.
Matsuda, Paul Kei
When four writing instructors were given the opportunity to teach writing for second language learners, they decided to collaborate in some ways and chose journal sharing as a way of facilitating their collaboration. The original goal of journal sharing was to critically reflect on their teaching practices and to connect their knowledge of composition theory and English as a second language (ESL) theory in their own particular instructional context. They tried to develop praxis--or situated theory grounded in practice--through collaborative critical reflections. Journals have long been recognized as useful for teacher development, but this project differed significantly from projects reported in other studies in the following ways: the project was self-initiated; all journal entries were shared; the mentor did not read the journals; journals were exchanged through e-mail; and journals were analyzed collectively. Although the most important motivational force was the desire to grow as teachers of ESL writing, other intrinsic motivations were the sharing of ideas and resources; telling stories; and developing research ideas. Extrinsic motivations were peer pressure; conference presentations; and possible publication opportunities. (Contains 3 figures and 13 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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