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ERIC Number: ED357031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Broadening the Notion of Text: An Exploration of an Artistic Composing Process.
Smagorinsky, Peter; Coppock, John
In language arts classes a "composition" generally refers to a written text. Semiotic theory based on C. S. Peirce's work suggests that writing is only one of many forms of composition available for mediating thought and activity. According to J. V. Wertsch (1991), writing should be one tool in a tool kit of mediational means available to students. Stimulated recall was used to elicit retrospective accounts from alternative school students after their production of artistic texts as a response to a short story. Focus is on one student who drew a picture representing his view of the relationship between two central characters in a story. The study was done in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that provided therapy for recovery and public school education classes. The student's account indicates that in composing his text he: (1) initiated his interpretation by empathizing with one of the characters; (2) represented action symbolically; (3) created an intertextual link; and (4) produced a text that both shaped and was shaped by his thinking. His account of non-linguistic composing processes suggests that non-linguistic texts have great potential for enabling students to construct meaning in their responses to literature. The study, while exploratory, suggests several hypotheses about the potential of composing non-verbal texts in helping students construct meaning and express understanding. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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