Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

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This is the first book to provide a careful treatment of theoretical issues that underlie composition teaching, theory, and research. Lee Odell and his contributors believe that composition professionals in the classroom must approach their work with what Peter Elbow calls a qtheoretical stance.q Teachers of writing need to take an active role in composing the theories that underlie efforts to teach their students to write. Behind everything that composition teachers do are fundamental assumptions about knowledge and the processes of teaching and learning, about the goals of education, and about the role of writing in people's lives. Odell's introduction examines the basic relationships between theory and practice. To explore specific sets of assumptions about knowledge, education, and writing, he has gathered together a group of major composition scholars, including Shirley Brice Heath, Jim W. Corder, and Anne J. Herrington. Although each author addresses a different issue, they all invite the reader to join them in the process of identifying and shaping the theories that make up the profession.His procedure was to lecture on each aquot;typeaquot; of writing (e.g., comparison/contrast), carefully explaining its uses, ... This appears to be the most common mode of teaching composition in high schools and colleges (Applebee 1981; Goodlad 1984; Hillocks 1981; Hillocks in progress b). ... of topics for writing, and learning the aquot;typesaquot; or structures of writing such as the aquot;paragraphaquot; or compare/contrast essay.

Title:Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing
Author: Lee Odell
Publisher:SIU Press - 1993

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