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Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2019
This discussion paper makes the case that the term counter-argument should be replaced with the term "alternative point of view," as the counter-argument, in an essay, implies that it is the opposite of the argument put forth by the writer, and, in fact, it isn't. It, also, looks at the root of the word counter and how that word is often…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Definitions, Discourse Analysis, Essays
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2017
Learning how to teach writing is a skill just as learning how to write is a skill. Without a dedicated composition course in Education faculties pre-service teachers are not getting the training they require to be effective teachers of writing. In this report, a case is made for why teachers have to be more aware of how students learn to write and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Writing Instruction, Direct Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2016
This paper is a commentary on how the student population of Canadian universities has changed with the arrival of international students. It discusses some of the issues that instructors have when teaching and interacting with their international students such as overcoming the language barrier, and being aware and respectful of cultural…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Student Diversity, Student Characteristics
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2016
The best method for teaching children how to read has been debated for decades. The two major approaches have been the vocabulary controlled approach (phonics), and the literature based approach which uses children's literature to teach reading. There are proponents for both methodologies. The literature on the issue is as varied as the authors…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Phonics
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2010
This discussion paper compares and contrasts "inductive" and "deductive" research approaches as described by Trochim (2006) and Plano Clark and Creswell (2007). It also examines the "exploratory" and "confirmatory" approaches by Onwueghuzie and Leech (2005) with respect to the assumption each holds about the nature of knowledge. The paper starts…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis
O'Brien-Moran, Michael; Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2010
This discussion paper investigates the pedagogical implications of the cognitive process writing model proposed by Flower and Hayes (1981). The research of Flower and Hayes (1981) provides insights into how writers go about planning, generating, and revising during the process of writing. Flower and Hayes (1981) believed that this shift in focus,…
Descriptors: Process Approach (Writing), Writing Processes, Metacognition, Decision Making
Soiferman, L. Karen; Boyd, Karen; Straw, Stanley B. – Online Submission, 2010
Background: The need for improvement in writing instruction in schools is dependent on teachers being aware of evidence-based procedures in writing and implementing them on a regular basis in their classrooms. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the frequency with which teachers in Western Canada employed evidence-based procedures in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Collaborative Writing