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ERIC Number: EJ1161091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
"How One 'Learns' to Discourse": Writing and Abstraction in the Work of James Moffett and James Britton
Burgess, Tony; Ellis, Viv; Roberts, Sarah
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v17 n3 p261-274 2010
James Moffett's "Teaching the Universe of Discourse" set out an agenda for the study of development in writing, which influenced James Britton's work in the UK. Subsequently, however, the work of both these thinkers was largely set aside in the approach to writing taken by national strategies in England. In this article, we trace the history of these developments, and seek to rescue Moffett's and Britton's work from being characterised as no more than a "failed progressivism". We argue for return to a focus on thinking and abstraction, as fundamental considerations for a writing pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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