ERIC Number: ED143019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Delineation of Values as an Integral Part of a Unit on Persuasive Writing.
Winder, Barbara D.
This paper explores the need to examine value systems in composition courses concerned with persuasive writing. Values are defined as beliefs used to evaluate or structure experience. When concepts and facts are related to daily life, as they are in persuasive writing, they either reinforce values already formed or necessitate a change in values. What a student of persuasive writing needs, then, in addition to instruction in the inductive and deductive methods of developing arguments, is the ability to recognize what values are being discussed in persuasive writing. Realizing that such recognition is not easy for students, the paper presents Lawrence Kohlberg's research into the stages of moral development, to show that students are at that stage where they are just beginning to distinguish between values in which they truly believe and values of their family group and country, to which they have merely conformed. By discussing value issues in the classroom, where they are free from community pressure to conform to attitudes not their own, students can further develop their own value systems. This, in turn, will help them to think clearly and to write clearly. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)