Dr. LaRonce Marie Hendricks is the self-published author of A Guide for Writing Teachers: How to Build Effective Writing Communities in College, and we’re pleased to welcome her to our Author’s Digest contributor community.
Dr. Hendricks, let’s start by telling us a bit about yourself.
I’m an educator at heart. I believe that education is the beginning process of change, which means becoming intellectual challenged, and is a process of developing the cognition to stir one’s thinking to propel further and soar higher. I believe a safe learning environment cultivates and produces knowledge. Lastly, I’m a facilitator, an instructor, motivational speaker, and writer.
Were there any literary influences that influenced your style or choice of genre?
Two qualitative approaches: a phenomenological approach was triagulated with a narrative approach, both of which were used to shape elements for specific qualitative protocols for this genre. Patton (2002) explained that triangulation was a qualitative procedure useful for mutiple methods to shape elements of a qualitative study, and Vagle (2014) explained that a phenomenological approach would allow the researcher to focus on the [meaning] of the phenomena; for example, defining the meaning of negative predispositions toward writing.
Please describe your book for our readers.
A Guide for Writing Teachers presents three immutable things: (1) it identifies problems, herein called negative predispositions, often experienced by first-year college students; (2) it describes and identifies the 11 negative predispositions; and (3) it suggests 11 alternative approaches to building effective writing communities at colleges.
Quigley (1997) said that most students “do not make it past [the first] three weeks” of college before they slowly fade away. Data findings can aid in improving low achievement scores in composition courses; it can also help administrators to “allocate additional support and programs that [can] better address young adult Millennial students’ unique [learning] needs” (Guyton, 2011).
What was your favorite part of the self-publishing experience?
My favorite part of the self-publishing experience was seeing the final product.
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We’ll present the second part of our interview with Dr. LaRonce Marie Hendricks next week. Her book, A Guide for Writing Teachers: How to Build Effective Writing Communities in College, is available at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.