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ERIC Number: ED269768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 33
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Reference Count: 0
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Understanding the Writing Process through Brain Hemisphere Neurology.
Hogge, Joan Ellet
Acknowledging that ordering, spatial orientation, and synthesis are important properties in achieving clarity in writing, a study investigated the biological influences on students' writing processes and ways to help writers produce more coherent written products. Subjects, two males and four females ranging in age from 19 to 40, were tested using a modified "Symbol Language Battery," an instrument designed by neurologist Warren Weinberg to test modal writing of normally intelligent subjects with developmental disorders. The instrument required each subject to write a short paragraph of three to seven sentences in each of four modes of writing: narration, description, classification, and comparison/contrast. Subjects were given an overview of the modes as rhetorical strategies and asked to write in the modes in ascending order of difficulty in four hour-long sessions. Subjects' learning disability evaluations were also compared with a Xenon Blood Flow Study to verify the location of their deficiency and to design task-specific exercises. Subjects were then retested and reevaluated. Preliminary results indicated that Xenon pictures of subjects' brains were suggestive of subjects' surface writing problems. Improvement in the second writing samples indicated that exercises addressing particular deficiencies altered writing behavior in some subjects. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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