Revolution Lullabye

February 16, 2008

Beach “Differences in Autobiographical Narratives of English Teachers, College Freshmen, and Seventh Graders.”

Beach, Richard. “Differences in Autobiographical Narratives of English Teachers, College Freshmen, and Seventh Graders.” CCC 38.1 (Feb 1987): 56-69. 

Beach uses social cognitive development theories to understand the differences between the construction of the past and present selves in the autobiographical writing of adolescents and adults. He conducts a study of the autobiographical writing of seventh graders, college freshman, and English teachers. Based on the results of his study, Beach argues that teachers, when assessing autobiographical writing, need to recognize the wide gulf between their own and their students’ developmental perspectives and create prewriting exercises that help their students write more point-driven pieces that have a clearer distinction between past and present perspectives.

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