Between Talk and Teaching: Reconsidering the Writing Conference

  • composition studies, faculty development, Teaching strategies, Student Writing, writing studies

By Laurel Johnson Black

CoverThe teacher-student conference is standard in the repertoire of teachers at all levels. Because it's a one-to-one encounter, teachers work hard to make it comfortable; but because it's a pedagogical moment, they hope that learning occurs in the encounter, too. The literature in this area often suggests that a conference is a conversation, but this doesn't account for a teacher's need to use it pedagogically. Laurel Johnson Black's book explores the conflicting meanings and relations embedded in conferencing and offers a new theoretical understanding of the conference along with practical approaches to conferencing more effectively with students.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Chapter 1. Conversation, Teaching, and Points in Between: The Confusion of Conferencing

Chapter 2. Power and Talk

Chapter 3. Gender and Conferencing

Chapter 4. Cross-Cultural Conferencing

Chapter 5. The Affective Dimension

Chapter 6. Possibilities

Works Cited

Appendix A. Teacher-Student Conference Pairs

Appendix B. Transcription Notations

Appendix C. Word Count

Appendix D. Discourse Markers

About the Author

Publication Information: Black, Laurel Johnson. (1998). Between talk and teaching: Reconsidering the writing conference. Utah State University Press.

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