ERIC Number: ED226367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Analytic Writing Abilities: A Preliminary Report.
Hays, Janice N.
A study examined the analytic writing development of high school seniors and college students. Subjects, approximately 50 high school seniors and 100 college students, performed two writing tasks on the same topic, one for an audience in agreement and one for a hostile audience. About a third of the subjects made taped protocols of their writing processes. Analysis of the data stressed four areas: audience, kind of argument, multiple perspectives, and text discourse patterns. The seven composite writers at different stages of cognitive development that emerged from this analysis lie on a continuum of maturity that includes seven kinds of transitions: (1) from no awareness to high awareness of self as writer; (2) from little or no awareness to high awareness of reader; (3) from moralistic, to emotional, to logical and pragmatic argument; (4) from edict, to narrative example, to explanation, to problem solving, to argumentation; (5) from absolutist, to tentative, to firm but reasonable sense of the writer's own position; (6) from little or no attention to planning, to an excessive amount, to an efficient amount; and (7) from little or no sense of an issue's complexity, to some, to much, to too much, and back to much. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness
Note: Speech given at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional English Teachers' Conference (2nd, Phoenix, AZ, October 21-23, 1982).