Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1987

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

P. M. Keith

Second Advisor

P. M. Keith

Third Advisor

P. M. Keith

Abstract

I have tried numerous "methods" for teaching composition at various grade levels, and I have learned something from each. Yet, I always had a nagging feeling that something was missing, and I think I have discovered that missing element: theory. I have been using methods without much theoretical base. Nor do I think I am alone. Many teachers with whom I have come in contact continue with the same method year after year because "it works," or they think their method works. Some do not even have a method they can define, and many do not have a theory on which to base their methods. Sometimes those "methods" can be effective, but it may be wise to consider what two teachers have said about old methods: "[c]onsistency, foolish or otherwise, may become mere persistence when significant trends in one's field are ignored."

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5249

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Teresa Marie Ludwig

Language

en

Date Available

August 27, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

47 pages

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