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Writing Workshop and Real-World Learning: A Deweyian Perspective

By: Jo-Anne Kerr
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 3
Date: Summer 1999

Summary: In this case study, Kerr links the theory of John Dewey to the format of writing workshop. Students develop into proficient writers while also learning life skills useful in contributing to society.



Dewey's theory helps us understand the larger benefits of Mrs. Malone's writing workshop classroom. Her writing workshop illustrates that this forum presents students the opportunity to develop as writers, as individuals, and as members of a larger community. As students develop their proficiently with written language in the context and environment of writing workshop, they are concurrently developing skills that will facilitate their full and informed participation in society.

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