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ERIC Number: ED474966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-19
Pages: 15
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An Eclectic Approach to the Teaching of Writing.
Soles, Derek
Many writing teachers have a favorite way to configure a class, a favorite method of imparting knowledge, a preferred voice in which to speak. However, there is so much diversity among students in a writing classroom, especially a freshman writing classroom, that a writing teacher needs to take an eclectic approach and use a variety of teaching strategies, if she is to connect with all of her students. This paper considers what some well-known compositionists have written about teaching writing, among them George Hillocks, David Foster, and Anthony Gregorc. The paper also finds that the work of Howard Gardner (with his multiple intelligences theory) validates the need for an eclectic composition pedagogy, as does the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, a scholar who believes there are 16 personality types. It contends that to teach writing effectively a teacher needs to use an array of methods because effective writing requires competence in such a wide variety of creative, social, and cognitive processes. The paper points out that writing teachers are charged with the responsibility of teaching all students, regardless of their personality, learning style, or dominant intelligences, to write competently. It concludes that to discharge this responsibility, composition teachers need a variety of teaching strategies. Lists 11 works cited. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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