ERIC Number: ED446337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Instruction: Changing Views over the Years. ERIC Digest.
Smith, Carl B.
Noting that the emphasis in writing instruction over the past 40 years has shifted from product to process, this digest reviews the course and the primary features of this evolution from 1960-1999. The digest's first section discusses the move from writing product to writing process in the 1970s and 1980s, noting the groundswell of support for "process approaches" to learning to write. The next section outlines problems with process approaches in the 1970s and 1980s. The digest's third section examines reconceptualizations of the principles of process instruction, while the following section discusses the concept of instructional scaffolding, an important aspect of process writing. The final section outlines the view from the 1980s and 1990s, arguing that writing instruction has undergone a paradigm shift. (SR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Process Approach (Writing), Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.