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ERIC Number: ED234879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Hemispheric Integration in Writing Processes.
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n14 Apr 29 1983
Good writing involves a series of mental processes which go far beyond what is included in traditional writing instruction. Students are often evaluated on single writing samples written in short periods of time whereas good writing involves many revisions and much more time. Traditional instruction has emphasized the analytic processes of the left hemisphere of the brain. Recent research suggests that there is an interplay between the holistic right hemisphere and the analytic left hemisphere in the composing process. "Extensive composing," the reporting of what is already formulated, is chiefly a left hemisphere activity. "Reflexive composing," the construction of meaning from feeling, is a right hemisphere activity. If students are to use language as a tool for discovery and learning, they must be given the time and opportunity to experience that the search for something to say is as critical as the ability to say it. (DC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. National Inst. for Staff and Organizational Development.
Identifiers: Brain Functions; PF Project
Note: Excerpted from a paper presented to the First Annual Intellectual Skills Conference (1982).