ERIC Number: ED334587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Peeking Out from under the Blinders: Some Factors We Shouldn't Forget in Studying Writing. Occasional Paper No. 25.
Hayes, John R.
Researchers and educators sometimes need to be reminded of the broad range of factors which have a crucial impact on how writers write. This paper offers a personal checklist of six factors which have been shown to be important, yet which are easy to forget in in heat of research because of the tendency to become immersed in a particular agenda and to circumscribe too narrowly what is judged to be interesting. The six factors are: (1) task definition; (2) perceptual skills; (3) spatial aspects of text; (4) the physical environment; (5) cultural context; and (6) social context. A detailed review of each factor is given, in the course of which some salient points are made, among them that experienced writers and inexperienced writers approach revision differently, that writers must be able to perceive problems to fix or avoid them, and that the human environment has enormous impact on writing. (Six figures are included and 25 references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Writing, Berkeley, CA.; Center for the Study of Writing, Pittsburgh, PA.