ERIC Number: ED460364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
All to the Center! Maintaining Equilibrium in the Collaborative Setting.
One of the issues a college writing instructor grapples with in teaching writing is how best to structure collaborative groups to maximize benefit for each student in a multicultural classroom where many students might fairly be considered "marginalized"--to create an environment in which they become "insiders." Criteria sets for forming group configurations include, for instance: designing discussion groups by mixing ethnicities, always including one strong English speaker; by mixing different personality types, with at least one strong leader; or by focusing on degrees of actual writing skill so that each group would have its own composition expert. A fluid model for re-sorting groups is done by mixing and remixing the groups using a file card for each student to identify gender, first language, learning style, writing strengths, and other information. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (49th, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).