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ERIC Number: ED439418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Structures in Writing: Foundations and Facilitators for Freedom.
Kamrath, Angela E.
This paper suggests that, based on certain rhetorical theories and on one instructor's experience, writing structures--both deep and surface--potentially serve three positive purposes: facilitation of thought, foundation for growth, and voice validation. The paper contends that the ultimate effect of these attributes is freedom. Concerns of some teachers and theorists about traditional approaches to writing are mainly that they (1) define form as mere medium of content, and (2) overemphasize forms, neglecting content. The point is that a person need not be "either/or" when it comes to deciding between content and form or structure--both are essential to meaning. The structures of writing help stimulate the process of thinking and ultimately, meaning-making, and they can serve as foundations for growth. It seems important to recognize that a writing process is not merely embodied within a particular writing project, but exists on another, larger level--this writing process involves the stages of an individual's growth and development over time, the scope being the individual's academic and professional experiences, social interactions, personal explorations, developing worldviews, life adjustments, and so on. The paper concludes that, if anything, structures should guide students in possible directions, thus giving them more confidence and focus when approaching a writing assignment. (Contains 12 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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