ERIC Number: ED345235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Writing Processes of a Blind Administrator: A Case Study.
Oswal, Sushil K.
Even though increasing numbers of blind students have been attending schools and colleges, little research has appeared specifically on the writing processes of blind writers. This paper presents a case study which developed a preliminary process account of the composing techniques of a blind executive who administers a medium-sized social service agency in the field of blindness, focusing on the social context in which this blind administrator writes. Data were collected using open-ended and discourse-based interviews, a tape recording of an early morning work session, and written text samples over a six-week period. It was found that the executive takes care of most of his writing tasks between 6 AM and 9:30 AM. Further, the executive's composing processes for written communication and for speeches as revealed in the study are discussed, his revision process as one involving collaboration with his assistant is described, and it is noted that he spent an equal amount of time on invention, arrangement, and revision for most letters, but devoted greater time to invention activities for journal articles and speeches. Implications for writing teachers include the need to assimilate the issues related to the teaching of writing to blind students in general pedagogy, and the need for a resource bank on teaching writing to blind students. Implications for researchers include the need for a detailed study of the state of writing instruction for the blind. (Sixteen references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Suggestions; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).