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ERIC Number: ED474934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-18
Pages: 81
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Finding New Voices: Notes from a Descriptive Study of Why and How I Learned To Use Creative-Writing Pedagogy To Empower My Composition Students--and Myself.
Pardlow, Donald
An instructor teaching a summer semester of freshman composition collected data for a descriptive study from five students in the class. Of the five students, one was Caucasian, and the other four were Hispanic; all had children. A central value of the study was its potential for demonstrating the benefits of teaching composition through creative-writing-based techniques. The study argues that creative writing needs to be given a more central role in the curriculum of traditional composition courses. Because the instructor is a teacher of color who earned his degrees in institutions oriented to serve primarily mainstream students, he wanted to learn the effects that creative writing pedagogy has on non-mainstream students who are too often silenced by traditional composition curriculums. Additionally, the study can improve the general teaching of first-year composition by expanding the pedagogical repertoire available to composition teachers. This paper provides the general teaching plan for the course, discusses the assignments, and presents the results of the data collection. The paper also discusses the ways in which the instructor learned to cope with student silence. Noting that the instructor learned the specific manner in which he wanted to use creative writing pedagogy in future classes, the paper concludes with a section on his final observations. Contains 72 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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