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ERIC Number: EJ773395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0147-1635
Personal and Academic Writing: Revisiting the Debate
Mlynarczyk, Rebecca Williams
Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), v25 n1 p4-25 Spr 2006
More than ten years have passed since the widely publicized debate about personal and academic writing that played out in the 1990s between Peter Elbow and David Bartholomae. But the question of the relative merits of these two different types of writing for student writers continues to be an issue of concern for teachers of composition, especially teachers of basic writing. In this article, I take another look at this important question. Using the psycholinguistic theories of Jerome Bruner and James Britton as the basis for analysis, I reconsider the Elbow-Bartholomae debate. Then, using data from a qualitative study of reflective journal writing I conducted, I argue that all students--and especially basic writers--need to reflect on their reading using personal, expressive language in order to acquire genuine academic discourse. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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