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ERIC Number: EJ891645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 111
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Writing for Whom? Cognition, Motivation, and a Writer's Audience
Magnifico, Alecia Marie
Educational Psychologist, v45 n3 p167-184 2010
When writers write, how do they decide to whom they are speaking? How does this decision affect writers' cognition about writing? Their motivation to write? In this article, I review literature on cognitive and social processes of writing, conceptualizations of audience, writing across distinct learning environments, and writers' motivations. I then show how understandings of audience can be linked to those of motivation and interest--and how this combination may bridge a traditional divide between research traditions. Finally, I examine the implications of bringing these areas of literature together; the necessity of re-examining the role of audience in light of new media-infused learning environments; and the opening of possible areas for future research in writing, audience, and motivation.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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