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ERIC Number: ED451517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 9
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Group Conferencing Strategies and Academic Discourse: Working with Students in Freshman Composition.
Golz, Jennifer Rideout
For one freshman composition instructor, the method that has brought more students out of their shells in her classes over the past three years is group conferencing. Adapted from compositionist Donald Murray's method of conferencing with individual students to discuss their papers, group conferencing gives students the opportunity to discuss their intentions in their writing and get feedback immediately rather than attempting to "translate" the instructor's comments on a graded paper in hopes of revising it to the instructor's liking. The semester begins with a class discussion about the four techniques for criticism, and then the Student Essay Sheet is introduced. The evaluation sheet gives students the opportunity to read and think about the other two group members' papers before they come to a conference. In conference, students react to something they have thought about, so reactions are not superficial. Students cover items in the conference that the instructor does not need to deal with, and the instructor can get to the deeper revision issues in the paper. Student learning increases in group conference, and direct benefits for the students include immediate gratification of having a reaction to work and the opportunity to know the professor and the other students better in a casual environment. A student essay evaluation sheet is attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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