ERIC Number: ED227515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Composition: Processing, Distancing, and Modeling.
Myers, Miles, Ed.; Gray, James, Ed.
Intended to show teachers how their approaches to the teaching of writing reflect a particular area of research and to show researchers how the intuitions of teachers reflect research findings, the articles in this book are classified according to three approaches to writing: processing, distancing, and modeling. After an introductory essay that defines and explains the three approaches, the second part of the book contains eight articles that stress processing. These articles cover the psychology of thinking, mapping and composing, children's art, drawing as prewriting, prewriting as discovery, turning speech into writing, and the process approach and the elementary school writing curriculum. Part three, dealing with distancing, contains two articles defining "talk-write" as a behavioral pedagogy for composition and explaining its application in the classroom; and five articles on function categories, the composition course as the pursuit of ideas, a new curriiculum in English, student writing response groups in the classroom, and the All-City High Project of the Oakland, California, school district. The articles on modeling in part four explain a generative rhetoric of the sentence, sentence modeling, "voices" in reading and writing, paraphrases of professionals in writing classes, the importance of reason in writing, and the superiority of showing over telling. The relationship between the teacher and the researcher is examined in the book's final essay. A bibliography is included. (JL)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Prewriting, Student Writing Models, Teaching Methods, Theories, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Research, Writing Skills
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 53992, $11.50 non-member, $10.00 member).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Theory Practice Relationship; Writing Programs