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ERIC Number: ED442114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
The English Classroom as an Atelier--A Place for Promoting Personal, Passionate, and Critical Cognition.
Woods, Claire; Dias, Patrick; Ellis, Viv
This paper asks what it means to construct classroom practice so that the expertise of students and teacher is called forth to respond to the challenge of meeting students' needs for English in the world and for the world. The paper suggests a model and metaphor of the classroom as an atelier--a place of artisanal practice in which the expertise of both students and teacher is acknowledged and deliberately engaged. To see what this is like, the paper offers the stories those in the conference group (i.e., the authors) told each other as they explored their experiences as teachers and learners. Each case illustrates how teachers, students, or members of the community variously take the roles of apprentices or experts. Each one also describes activities which engage students and teachers in passionate, personal, and critical ways of interacting with the world with and through language. The atelier/classroom is the site for the arts of discourse, that is the language arts. English curriculum should be a place for concentration on the language and discourse practices of contexts beyond the classroom. Contains 13 notes. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A