Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Hillocks, G., Jr. (1995). Teaching writing as reflective practice. New York: Teacher College Press.

Hillocks promotes the concept that writing is the heart of reflective educational practice. As he details the elements involved in the effective teaching of writing, he provides the reader with a conceptual framework for designing reflective writing practice. He illustrates the integration of multiple educational theories as well as the importance of practical knowledge of the tools and strategies of teaching. By bridging the educational theories that apply to reflective teaching and writing and day-to-day process of the classroom, he provides a coherent basis for deliberating and planning instructional design. It is the teacher's responsibility to create an environment that fosters the engagement of students in the learning process. The teacher builds on prior knowledge and an understanding of the student's abilities in the design of classroom practice. Learning should be in the hands of the child, and writing is the best tool the child has for extending, shaping and rethinkingÑfor reflective thinking.

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