Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Research on Composition Teaching

Question: What’s missing from research on composition?

Answer: The students’ perspective. We need to give students the opportunity to respond to our instruction in composition, to show what it meant to them.

Comment: Notes in margins of textbooks, responses to writing assignments, thoughts on the processes used in completing the assignments, what they have learned from the teachers’ comments on papers, etc. And we need to gather this information as well as examples of student writing. RayS.

 Title: “Inspecting Shadows of Past Classroom Practices: A Search for Students’ Voices.” Patricia Sullivan. College Composition and Communication (February 2012), 365-386.

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