The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Reframing The Pedagogical Purpose of Writing in The Age of Generative AI

Priten Shah, Pedagogy.Cloud (United States)


As we enter the age of artificial intelligence, the mainstream popularity of generative AI brings significant challenges to traditional pedagogical paradigms. As a result, educators worldwide face an exigent need to reevaluate traditional teaching methodologies and adapt them to the future. This paper critically explores the changing pedagogical landscape in relation to the teaching of writing. 
The paper starts by examining the capabilities and implications of generative AI on the pedagogical strategy of writing assessments. Concrete examples of the threat that generative AI poses to the take-home essay, focusing on the potential for student dishonesty, are presented. We then thoroughly examine and disprove narratives that attempting to detect AI text is the appropriate response. Finally, we explore how Generative AI could alter the pedagogical approach to writing, shifting the emphasis from merely procedural knowledge of writing to a more profound understanding of content, along with the development of critical thinking skills and creativity.
Moving beyond theoretical considerations, the second part of the paper offers tangible recommendations for educators looking to recalibrate their instructional methods and syllabi. We share innovative pedagogical strategies that enhance students' understanding and mastery of writing. In doing so, we prioritize empowering students to harness the potential of Generative AI without losing sight of their own creative and analytical abilities.
This technological evolution should not be perceived as a threat to traditional pedagogical methods but rather as a unique opportunity for redefining the teaching and learning experience. By embracing Generative AI, educators can transform writing instruction into a vibrant space for fostering creativity, critical thinking, and ethical engagement, preparing students for a future where they will be expected to collaborate effectively with AI.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Generative AI, Pedagogy, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methodologies, Educational Technology, Critical Thinking, Teaching and Learning, AI in Education, Academic Integrity, Curriculum Development

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