ERIC Number: ED284289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Writing-as-Process and Problem-Solving: A View toward Theory.
Shetty, Yolan L.
The recent influx of computer programs to aid students in writing has created some confusion between the linear, directed process of problem-solving and the less directed, more chaotic process of putting words down on paper. Though problem-solving and writing-as-process have some points in common, they cannot be taken as equivalent, because problem-solving as represented by the writing programs lacks the imprecise, ambiguous, playful process of composing that can be called "metaphoring." Metaphoring, an unstructured way of comparing words or ideas, underlies all kinds of thought and writing, and to teach writing as linear, structured process is to leave out the "tinkering" and "play" that characterizes most types of composition. In this sense, writing as problem-solving seems incompatible with writing as coming-to-know, and the struggle to compose implicit in the latter. Educators who teach composition with computers must embrace the responsibility of knowing that keyboarding is not composing, that one kind of program is suitable for machine work and another is not, and that we shape as much as possible the effect computers have on the way we think. (JC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (38th, Atlanta, GA, March 19-21, 1987).