ERIC Number: ED437670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Persons in Process: Four Stories of Writing and Personal Development in College. Refiguring English Studies Series.
Herrington, Anne J.; Curtis, Marcia
Drawing on psychological, sociolinguistic, and discourse theories, this book shows how students use writing not only as a vehicle for participating in the academic world but also as a means of fashioning their own private and public identities. It presents case studies of four students during their years at a large, public university. The case studies are based on extensive interviews with each student, analyses of their writing for composition and other courses, classroom observations, and interviews with their teachers. It provides insight into the ways that students' academic and personal uses of writing inflect each other, as well as ways that, in responding to students writing, teachers can help as well as hinder these interrelated developmental processes. Chapters in the book are: (1) Shaping the Study; (2) Claiming the Essay for Himself: Nam; (3) Composing a Self He Can Live With: Lawrence/Steven; (4) Understanding Personal/Academic Connections: Rachel; (5) "A Bilingual and Social Struggle": Francois; and (6) Persons in Process and Possibilities for Teaching. Appendixes contain interviewing descriptions and other details of the study, and syllabi of basic and college writing courses, 1989-90. (Contains 97 references.) (RS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Developmental Stages, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Writing Attitudes, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes, Writing Research
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