WAC Faculty Workshop
Designing Problem-Posing Assignments
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
"Only by wrestling with the
conditions of the problem at first hand, seeking and finding his own way out,
does [the student] think." -John Dewey
Introduction and Welcome
Dr. William Burgos
Defining Problem-Posing Assignments
will be a term paper due at the end of the semester. The term paper can be on
any aspect of the course that interests you, but I have to approve your topic
Connection to Freire
"[W]hereas banking education anesthetizes and
inhibits creative power, problem-posing education
involves a constant unveiling of reality" (355).
What is a Problem-Posing Assignment?
Consider your teaching
of the assignment & entire course as the first step to designing
Communicate expectations clearly.
Use handouts explaining the assignment.
Make the assignment concise. Don't overload with confusing language.
Consider class size
Assignments (finished-product writing)
Short Assignments-the Microtheme
1. Present a proposition (thesis) that students are supposed
to defend or refute
2. Give students a problem or question that demands a thesis
3. Ask students to follow an organizational structure that
requires a Problem-Thesis pattern
Assignments (unfinished, exploratory writing)
Group-Work (design in practice)