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Faculty Forum Examines Process of Writing

1/30/2009 —

Dr. Xenia Hadjioannou, assistant professor of language and literacy education, will be the featured speaker for the next Faculty Forum session at 1:00 p.m. on February 18, 2009 in the Atrium at the Lehigh Valley campus.  Hadjioannou will present "Shifting Focus:  A Journey from a Strict Product Approach to Process Writing."  The event is free and open to the public.

"The writing workshop is an approach to teaching writing that focuses on the entire process of synthesis instead of just on the final text product," says Dr. Hadjioannou.

In this presentation, Dr. Hadjioannou will discuss her collaboration with a classroom teacher toward a first implementation of the writing workshop in a school context where a strict, highly prescriptive product approach was firmly in place.  This effort was based on a teacher inquiry model that allowed for context-specificity and continuous collaborative theoretical study, instructional planning and trouble-shooting.  The study highlights some significant directions undertaken through this endeavor, including an evolving conference procedure, a focus on communicative situations and the study of genres, an integrated approach to literacy, and the explicit instruction in implementing authoring tools.

Xenia Hadjioannou is assistant professor of language and literacy education at Penn State Lehigh Valley, where she teaches reading methods, writing methods and children’s literature courses.  Her research includes work on classroom discourse, language arts methodology, linguistic diversity in education, and equity pedagogy.

For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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