ERIC Number: ED245224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Historical Inquiry in Composition Studies.
Connors, Robert J.
Historical study of composition theory and teaching occupies a peculiar place in the discipline of composition instruction. It does not attempt new applications for theory, and pretends to no direct pedagogical applications at all. Unlike empirical research, it does not use experimental method or scientific rigor. However, the study of history, for various reasons, is one of the central continuing humanistic endeavours. And to find meaning in the story of composition teaching theory is to find meaning in the discipline itself. During the nineteenth century the college course in writing grew out of social and cultural forces demanding such instruction, and not out of a body of theoretical knowledge that could be developed and applied. Composition at the college level was created nearly out of whole cloth by the instructors charged with teaching it, and understanding the battles fought during its creation and some of the major figures involved can lead to a clearer picture of its uniqueness and of the unique problems of the discipline. (CRH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).