ERIC Number: ED233353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Axiomatic Theory of Cognition and Writing.
Grunig, James E.; And Others
Noting that although a great deal of empirical research has been done to investigate the writing rules commonly taught, this paper points out that no one has yet constructed a deep theory of the relationship between cognition and writing that confirms the writing rules and explains how they work. The paper then uses theories and research in the fields of cognitive psychology, social psychology, philosophy of language, information theory, reading theory, rhetoric, and systems theory to construct a deep theory of the relationship between language, cognition, and writing. Concluding from this research that language and cognition are independent of one another, the authors argue that language has meaning when it produces abstract, holistic throughts in the person using it; and that it is a tool for representing abstract cognitions to oneself and for communicating them to others. It then builds a theory of writing containing 15 definitions, 11 premises, and 11 principles, the latter of which (the principles) subsume practical writing rules, especially those of science writing, and offer a broad framework for research. The paper concludes by presenting the results of several exploratory studies that have used R. F. Carter's signaled stopping technique as a means of observing the cognitive effects of writing. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Theory Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).