English 833: Theories of Composition — Your Theory of Teaching Article

Theory Exploration

The goal of this paper is for you to explore one composition theory that you feel is connected to Your Teaching Vision and Your Teacher Story. This is also an opportunity to explore a theory that is of interest to you. It might be a new theory or one with which you are already familiar. Either way, you should do some new reading to learn what is being discussed in the current literature about this theory.

Composition Theories

Here are some of the most common Composition Theories/Composition Pedagogies:

  • Process Theory
  • Expressive Pedagogy
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Cognitive Theory
  • Social Constructionism
  • Post-Process Theory
  • Collaborative Learning Theory
  • Cultural Studies Theory
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Feminist Pedagogy
  • Second Language Writing Theory
  • Language Theory
  • Basic Writing Pedagogy
  • Writing Center Theory
  • Digital Literacies/Tech Pedagogy/Technology Theory
  • Service Learning
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)/Writing in the Disciplines (WID)
  • Disability Studies
  • Comic Book Pedagogy
  • Literary Theory
  • etc…..

Paper Overview

  • Select one theory to focus on in your paper
  • Provide a general overview of the basic ideas of the theory
  • Discuss who some of the major proponents of this theory are; what scholars’ names are typically cited related to this theory
  • Describe the most important aspects of the theory
  • Explain how this theory relates to your vision for teaching
  • Write an explanation of this theory and explain how the theory can be used to justify your approach to teaching.

Paper Sources

For this paragraph you should read and cite at least 5 sources on this theory so that you get a good basic sense of how current scholars view the theory.

Paper Guidelines

  • This paper should be 12-15 pages in length.
  • This paper should be in a 12 point font, double-spaced.
  • This paper should include several appropriate references.