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ERIC Number: ED366954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Constructing Meaning in the Disciplines: Reconceptualizing Writing across the Curriculum as Composing across the Curriculum.
Smagorinsky, Peter
To analyze the appropriateness of textual media in the construction of meaning, this paper first provides a review of the psychological research on semiotics and multiple intelligences that supports a broadened notion of text. The paper next reports on preliminary research on the construction of non-print texts in disciplines other than English/Language Arts. The paper next reviews studies on the production of non-written texts in English/Language Arts classes. The paper argues that this research, taken together, suggests that an exclusive focus on writing as a mode of learning is limiting, rather than enabling, to students in their efforts to construct meaning across the curriculum; that other composing processes are more appropriate to the construction of meaning in other disciplines; and that students would benefit from having more flexibility in the media through which they express and develop their understanding of conceptual knowledge. (Contains 38 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Text Factors
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (45th, Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 1994).