Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

Although high school is meant to prepare students for the "real world," it is difficult to determine what knowledge about life students possess at graduation. Learning about how seniors understand and think about life experiences provides educators with greater knowledge of how to meet their maturing needs. This presentation examines how seniors from a Creative Writing class view life themes that came across through their writing. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included varying data collection methods, such as field notes, informal classroom discussions, and student work. Research has shown that student conceptions of life experiences are varied but developing during senior year. The findings indicate that students benefit from collective discussion since it promotes sharing varied experiences, knowledge, and beliefs. The findings of this study suggest the values of understanding senior beliefs so that educators can widen student perspectives in a safe environment.

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Apr 9th, 9:00 AM Apr 9th, 10:00 AM

Understanding Life: Senior Perspectives in Creative Writing

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Although high school is meant to prepare students for the "real world," it is difficult to determine what knowledge about life students possess at graduation. Learning about how seniors understand and think about life experiences provides educators with greater knowledge of how to meet their maturing needs. This presentation examines how seniors from a Creative Writing class view life themes that came across through their writing. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included varying data collection methods, such as field notes, informal classroom discussions, and student work. Research has shown that student conceptions of life experiences are varied but developing during senior year. The findings indicate that students benefit from collective discussion since it promotes sharing varied experiences, knowledge, and beliefs. The findings of this study suggest the values of understanding senior beliefs so that educators can widen student perspectives in a safe environment.