ERIC Number: ED198535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Model for the Composing Process. Occasional Paper No. 3.
A synthesis of three different writing theories into one model for the writing process is given in this report and evidence is provided for various parts of the model from studies using different methods of investigation. The model developed contains three phases: (1) processing or whiting as discovery, including propositionalizing, subchunking, and categorizing; (2) distancing or writing as the establishment of interpersonal relationships including task, subject, and audience; and (3) modelling or writing as the making of texts including genre, time-frame, and discourse organization. Evidence for the validity of the model is provided from studies using three different methods of investigation--rationalism, postivism and contextualism--and six approaches to teaching composition--genre, subject, situation, sentence, problem solving, and cosmetic. The report concludes that the model satisfies some of the pragmatic requirements of an educational theory: it has implications for instruction, it provides a basis for weighing research methodologies, and it synthesizes research findings from many different fields. The appendix includes the steps of the model with examples of research and classroom practice correlated. (MKM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discourse Analysis, Educational Theories, Models, Prewriting, Research Methodology, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Research
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($2.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Bay Area Writing Project; National Writing Project