ERIC Number: EJ721314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 18
"Cum Poterit"--Rhetorical Exercises for Transitional and Developmental Students
Church, A. P.; Sigrell, Anders
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v49 n5 p543-556 Nov 2005
Recently, scholars of rhetoric and composition have shown much interest in the ancient composition exercises known as "progymnasmata". This paper explains how these exercises, which provided ancient students with a transitional curriculum between grammar and rhetoric, have theoretical and practical merit for contemporary compositional pedagogy. It demonstrates how "progymnasmata" has helped educators in Texas and Sweden introduce their transitional and developmental students to a complete system of rhetorical instruction, one that gives them practice developing a repertoire of possible strategies for achieving copiousness and the means of making reasonable and persuasive choices in their writing.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing (Composition), Rhetoric, Developmental Programs, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; Texas