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ERIC Number: ED037441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 437
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Composition in the Secondary School: A Survey in the Light of a Theoretical Paradigm.
Dillinger, Edward Lee
With the belief that the sense of confusion prevalent among secondary school composition teachers arises from the lack of a unifying theoretical construct within which they can teach, a theory of the art of writing was devised, based on James L. Kinneavy's "Theory of Discourse" which offers a unifying description of the relationships among grammar, semantics, and whole composition. Neither the language arts construct; the language, composition, literature trilogy; nor the traditional forms of composition proved satisfactory. In the light of this theory, current textbooks, syllabi, scholarly works, and research reports were analyzed to obtain a general view of recent trends in teaching writing as proposed by some of the greater influences on secondary English teachers--the National Council of Teachers of English, the College Entrance Examination Board, and school districts. From this survey, it was concluded that a viable theoretical construct is not available to the secondary composition teacher, and that a theory of discourse based on the science of semiotics offers a potentially unified and comprehensive theoretical construct. (Implications for use of the theory in the classroom and for future empirical research are appended.) (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin