A circle of response : addressing the tensions of teacher response to student writing Public Deposited

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  • What students need most from instructors’ written response on their texts is commentary that evokes a sense of exchange. Teachers often believe that their job is to point out the deficits in a student’s paper and help eliminate those deficits. While this is a part of the function of response, it should not be the primary goal of feedback; rather, students need comments that will help them gain a sense of themselves as writers who are accepted into the college writing community. Grounding the argument in the scholarship of response, this thesis develops an approach to teacher response that narrows the topic into three problem areas: the tension between responding to content issues versus responding to the distraction of surface error; the tension between promoting mastery of academic language versus encouraging development of student voice; and the tension between the reality of teacher authority and the teacher’s desire to empower students to take charge of their own learning. The author’s purpose is to clarify the goals of response as well as the act itself in order to help eliminate the confusion and frustration inexperienced instructors may feel when they respond to student writing. New teachers and experienced teachers who are new to writing intensive courses should find this thesis to be a useful guide to responding to student writing.
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