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ERIC Number: ED554943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 218
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-6310-4
Writing the True Self: Case Studies of Eng 101 Students Responding to a Peter Elbow-Inspired Curriculum
Stansell, Jon W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
My fulfillment in life comes through helping others develop their potential, work through their troubles, and follow their dreams. I have found that my college students embrace this aspect as I teach them expressive, author-involved writing. Peter Elbow's work asserts that this type of writing fits into his theory of personal development, which is based on common ideals of self, belief, and voice. I have written instructional materials for introductory college composition courses that follow Elbow in these principles. I believe this course, "Writing the True Self," and its accompanying philosophy strongly resonate with students attending Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Having been brought up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as LDS Church or Mormon Church), these students come from a cultural literacy context in which authorship and personal development are related. Therefore, in this research project, I examined student development in my English 101 classes at this church-sponsored university where 95% of students are Latter-day Saints. Particular attention was paid to changes in each person's articulation of consciousness, core values, and higher aspects: the "personal logos of the heart," or "true self." The case studies were based primarily on two of their five assignments, impressions of their class participation, and transcripts of student-teacher conferences. They are portraits that suggest overwhelmingly that class members, in response to this curricular approach were gaining a deeper understanding of themselves. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii