ERIC Number: ED336755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Philosophy of Writing Instruction.
Diverse philosophies are in evidence in teaching writing. Approaches used in teaching writing should assist students to achieve optimally as well as provide for individual differences, help them attain meaning and understanding of subject matter written, develop students' interest in communicating written content, establish purpose and reasons for writing, and develop appreciation of the use of graphemes to convey information to others. Writing to solve problems emphasizes having students write as the need arises within a problem solving framework. Writing to achieve specific objectives stresses students achieving predetermined precise objectives in a logical writing curriculum. Student decision making and writing has students determine sequential tasks to complete in writing, with students involved in planning goals, activities, and appraisal procedures in writing. In writing instruction, problem solving procedures should be in evidence. The real world emphasizes solving personal and social problems as a necessity in life. Writing to attain specific objectives may have little to do with expressing thoughts and ideas to others. Writing needs to emphasize holism in that creativity and originality must enter into the final product. An integrated writing curriculum needs to be in evidence. (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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