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Title:Out of the Shadows: Rethinking Response Through the Instructor -Led Peer Conference
Author(s):Ching, Kory
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Prior, Paul
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Abstract:This dissertation is a historical, theoretical, and empirical study of the practices of responding to student writing in composition classrooms. It argues that the primary value of response lies not in the evaluation or correction of student texts, but instead in the opportunities it presents for the dialogic shaping of writers and their writing practices over time. It focus specifically on a relatively neglected response format, called the "instructor-led peer conference" (ILPC), in which a writing instructor meets with a small group of students to discuss their drafts in progress. By tracing the genealogies of more common activities (such as peer response), and also by drawing on sociocultural theories of language (such as those of Vygotsky, Bakhtin, and Voloshinov), this study positions the ILPC as an ideal site for studying response as a situated practice. By attending closely to the contexts of response, it complicates received notions of teacher authority, student autonomy, and textual ownership that constrain, rather than enable, effective response practices. The aim of this dissertation is not to convince writing teachers to use the ILPC, but instead to argue for the pedagogical value of the kind of collaborative dialogue the ILPC represents. In the end, this dissertation also demonstrates the utility of combining historical and theoretical approaches with classroom-based research to study existing teaching practices.
Issue Date:2008
Description:236 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337734
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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