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ERIC Number: ED176292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Rhetorical Maturity: Definition and Development.
Miller, Susan
Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development, when applied to theories of teaching composition, support any method or material that refers to the age and prior experience of the writer and the newness of the task the writer is attempting. Rhetorical development and maturation in the ability to write and argue persuasively are partly conceptual and partly related to the ability to "decenter." College freshmen writers' responses to a classic moral dilemma problem all stayed between Kohlberg's Conventional stages 3 and 4. The content of their papers and its relationship to Kohlberg's stages show that the movement from egocentric to explanatory to persuasive discourse is a movement from the writer's assumption of union with an audience to the writer's recognition of another as an audience, and finally to the writer's analysis of a distant, unfamiliar, universalized series of values as an audience. (A complete sample of class responses referred to is appended.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (12th, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-11, 1979)