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ERIC Number: EJ854933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Restructuring Student and Teacher Roles: Dealing with Struggle
Cardenas, Diana; Garza, Susan Loudermilk
Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v7 n1 p34-44 May 2007
To be actively involved in their own writing requires that students make decisions. In order to build a new approach for our Technical/Professional Writing classes, we assessed our individual teaching practices and past experiences, studied current scholarship on teaching writing, and conducted research on technical writing in our local community. Using this information we developed a teaching model that involves students in discovering/establishing the class content, creating time frames/project plans, selecting tools to complete projects, contributing to evaluation criteria, and working with the local community. The success of this approach requires students to reconstruct their roles and their attitudes toward the dynamics within the classroom. It also requires the teacher to rethink his/her role in the classroom, sense of authority, and perceptions of how knowledge is created. These changes, however, are not achieved without challenges and struggle. While our programmatic approach has proven successful, we found the need to help students view struggle as a normal part of the decision making processes that writers experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas