ERIC Number: ED185570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Inventional Theory and Writing in the Content Areas in Freshman English.
The new trend in writing instruction is toward "content area writing"--the rhetorical situations and composing problems that students will face in their non-English courses and in their professions. The focus of content writing instruction should be to prescribe the inventional techniques that are common to all forms of writing, and to survey the writing skills and structural constraints that are peculiar to the discourse of specific disciplines. Current writing theory suggests a number of inventional options and restrictions with which students must cope during their academic and professional careers. Reviewing this research will show teachers that rhetorical invention in the early stages of any composing process is important, and that problem solving is a skill generalizable to any kind of writing. The heuristics that apply to any given writing tasks can be evaluated for their transcendency, flexibility, and generative capacity. Structural consciousness--awareness of the constraints that particular forms of writing place on the writer's freedom of invention--is another factor that freshman composition students need to learn. These options and limitations are just a sampling of the things that content area writing classes must discuss. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Invention (Rhetorical); Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).