Writing in Education: Stories for Learning and Teaching
“In every…teacher, there is the voice of the ancient storyteller” (Herbert Kohl). Creating and sharing stories is fundamental to learning and teaching, both at school and at home. Through stories, learner and teacher describe, sequence, and make sense out of what William James first called the “blooming buzzing confusion” of facts, puzzles, and feelings they encounter.
In EECE 101, students read, write, reflect on, and create connections between stories, folktales, personal narratives, and learning. Students engage in writing activities employed frequently by educational professionals, use academic vocabulary commonly applied in the field of education, and practice some of the ways that writing is used in education for classroom practice and pedagogy, analysis, and advocacy. Students study and write about stories and folktales that have affected their understanding, analyze the connections between creative processes and learning processes, and create and evaluate personal narratives to support their growth as learners and writers.
EECE 101 fulfills the College Writing 2 requirement and builds on the work of English 110 (College Writing 1) to teach the conventions of writing in the discipline of Education. In each section of this variable topics course, students develop writing skills that are required by the multi-disciplinary and applied nature of Education, including: reflection, description, analysis, and synthesis. Students develop an e-portfolio that documents their growth as writers and serves as a resource for their future studies related to Education.