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ERIC Number: ED051229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 24
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"?...*...!" Or Composition Can Be Taught If....
Shutes, Robert E.
At its national convention, NCTE questioned whether composition can be taught at all. A synthesis of some recent research and theory offers a new perspective from which to analyze the problem and to propose some solutions to it. It suggests that the composing process can be analyzed into its component skills and that these skills can be taught according to known principles of learning. A statement or a communication will result when the composing process is finished. Composition means the act of putting together in coherent relationship. Composing has a perceptual, conceptual and an expressive dimension. These three dimensions tend to be cyclical. A model shows the steps in the process of composing. The first line of steps in the model has a strong perceptual base. Once a focus, however broad, has been selected, progress is dependent upon the individual's ability to perceive ever finer discriminations and associations. Almost simultaneously with the development of perception, a parallel conceptual development must occur. In view of the model presented above, composing is not being taught. Focus on the completed whole has led to ignoring the prerequisite processes. However, if teachers can be led to create appropriate perceptual and conceptual learning situations, it may become possible for composition to be taught. (CK)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (60th, Atlanta, November 1970)