ERIC Number: ED199723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Clinician and Writer: Their Crucible of Involvement.
Ewald, Helen Rothschild
Clinical report writing involves two interlinking processes--creation and communication. There are six stages of clinical inference that find parallels in generative writing stages: possessing a postulate system, constructing the major premise, observing for occurrences, instantiating (classifying) the occurrences, reaching a referential product, and predicting the significance of the inference and making recommendations. So, too, does the nature of the clinical procedure as a whole offer comparisons to generative writing procedure. An examination of clinical procedure offers three methodological implications for the composition teacher: (1) before beginning to write, students should be asked to articulate the assumptions that inform their world view, (2) students should be asked to enrich their contexts for writing, and (3) students' final papers should be evaluated as process as well as product. Past work in educational psychology and recent work in such areas as the cognition of discovery or hemispheric brain functions show that the "clinical connection" has already been recognized by educators in general and English teachers in particular as one worth pursuing. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Analysis; Invention (Rhetorical)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).