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ERIC Number: ED083634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 182
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Philosophy of Language and the Teaching of Writing.
Lemke, Alan Keith
This study identified reasons to believe that one particular way of teaching writing is theoretically sound; explicated the use theory of meaning; defined a theory of rhetoric which was compatible with the use theory; presented a set of beliefs about the nature of thought and about how the mind learns; and presented exemplary classroom activities which would be useful and theoretically sound. Among key semantic principles discussed were: (1) that words do more than refer; (2) that the "use" of a word is its meaning; (3) that words have the power to complete first and second order functions; (4) that formal and pragmatic aspects of use are interdependent; (5) that the use theory of meaning offers only context specific descriptions of uses of words; and (6) that as pairs, symbol and interpretation, use and meaning, word and thought, and language and mind should not be thought of as things in logically separate realms. The study ends with a discussion of some of the issues and decisions a teacher of writing faces as he moves toward the teaching of writing as a way of knowing rather than as a way of expressing ideas. Choice of topic, criteria of excellence, and problems of assessment of student achievement are discussed in relation to the definition of writing as a process and as a form of life. (HOD)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign