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ERIC Number: EJ890609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
The Politics of Peer Response
Hall, Mark
Writing Instructor, Jul 2009
The use of peer groups to respond to student papers is a long-established practice in the composition classroom, so well entrenched, that they may sometimes employ peer response without thoroughly evaluating underlying assumptions and beliefs about how such groups operate. As a central tenet of the writing process movement, peer response was originally devised as part of a comprehensive, totalizing writing theory. Post-process theory demands that both the fundamental premises and the practice of peer response be reevaluated. This essay invites both experienced and novice writing teachers to (re)consider the ways they theorize peer response groups. It also proposes strategies for teaching peer response. Theorizing the uses of peer response is important because their underlying assumptions directly affect the ways they design peer response activities. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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