Training Writing Teachers: An Assignment in Mapping Writing Program Values

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Jennifer Grouling


Drawing on the work of Broad (2003), I created a Value Mapping assignment that asked graduate TAs in a composition practicum course to map the values of their assigned teaching mentors. Through analysis of syllabi, assignments, grading, and personal interviews, TAs made visual maps of their assigned mentors' teaching values and shared them with the class. Together, they discovered not only the values of the first-year writing program but also how teaching materials convey those values to students. This assignment may be adapted to other types of courses to help students see the different values that underlie their majors or professions.

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Grouling, J. (2018). Training Writing Teachers: An Assignment in Mapping Writing Program Values. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, 2(1).


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