ERIC Number: ED233336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Coherence and Connectedness in the Development of Discourse Production.
McCutchen, Deborah; Perfetti, Charles A.
Arguing that discourse coherence can provide a window on the writing processes that produce it, this paper describes developmental differences observed in children's writing and proposes a procedural model to account for those differences. The first section of the paper points out that a developmental model of the writing process should specify the sources of coherence in a written discourse and describe the processes that produce it and how they change. It then suggests four aspects of such a model: knowledge of topic, knowledge of text form constraints, topic coherence, and local connectedness. The second section reviews key issues in the development of discourse production, including local, remote, and unsuccessful connections and then presents research findings on connectedness in children's expository and narrative text production. The third section discusses devices of local connectedness, including references, comparisons, lexical ties, implied event, conjunctions, and complex-syntactic devices. The last section details the development of a computer simulation that was designed to specify the workings of several aspects of the model within the writing process. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.