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ERIC Number: ED173795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Maturity, Complexity, and Growth in College Writing.
Faigley, Lester
Much recent research into college writing has focused on syntactic measurements. Significant problems inherent in such use of these indices arise for their validity at and beyond the college level and center on the terms "maturity,""complexity," and "growth.""Maturity" has not been satisfactorily defined, nor has the level of competence been specified at which college students can reasonably be expected to perform. Psycholinguists are replacing "complexity" in the understanding of the process of discourse comprehension by an interest in the meaning, function, and content of texts, and research in discourse production is following suit. Regarding "growth," although writers do use increasing numbers of transformations as they become more proficient in composition, many more semantic propositions underlie the sentences as well; skilled adults also depend on several transformations seldom found in children's prose. It is probable that the preoccupation with syntactic growth has led to a general misunderstanding of syntactic approaches to composition. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)