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ERIC Number: ED413615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-14
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Prescriptive Teaching: An Rx for the Writing Lab.
Conway, Kathleen
Students who visit writing labs are often inexperienced writers who need help and even prescriptive teaching. Although some compositionists are leery of including prescriptive help among possible teaching strategies, the writing lab tutor's position as advisor rather than judge helps students accept the suggestions as the options they are. As writers become more experienced, they are encouraged to reject lab models for methods they develop over time. A tutor used collaborative questioning and modeling to help one student learn how to paraphrase and synthesize to keep from plagiarizing. Another student who felt completely unprepared for the kind of writing she was asked to do was able to complete her paper after the tutor used a combination of questioning and writing samples. Students' factual errors bring up another issue faced in writing labs. Good tutors can be alert to inconsistencies and problems, and they are in a position to help students learn the importance of accuracy and of careful reading in every discipline. Prescriptive teaching methods, if used cautiously, will not kill students' creativity, nor will they inflate grades. With training and experience, the effective writing lab tutor knows when to intervene and when to get out of the student's way. (Contains 10 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A