composing in an effort to lay groundwork for more detailed study of Janet Emig, “Writing as a Mode of Learning,” CCC, 28 (May, ). Emig, Janet. “Writing as a Mode of Learning.” CCC (May ) Emig, in this early article that articulates the importance of a. Emig thus points out the multiple reasons as to why writing is definitely a mode of learning. She uses a great deal of evidence from Vygotzky to.

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Emig feels that the temporal aspect of writing writinf perfectly with our learning process because both of these processes are slow. February 10, at 3: I am not whining. My only question has to do with the list on page nine, number five: She starts out by using chemo-physiological definition of learning and then honing in on a more philosophical definition by John Dewey and Jean Piaget.

You ov commenting using your Twitter account. If we teach writers the art of consolidating their knowledge in the writing process, many of the problems can be addressed. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. At the same time writers create their own goals through evaluation and generation. Another distinction she makes is between skills that require origination and graphic representation and those that do not. This site uses cookies. Besides that in my opinion, it is really important to consolidate the knowledge.

Writing as a mode of Learning

Writing process is a set of individual thinking, and it is a goal directed thinking process that is set by writers. Her objective is to describe how writing uniquely corresponds to these powerful learning strategies. Thus writing may be inspired by the need of expression or the need of getting an A in a composition class. She makes distinctions between writing and all other verbal language processes, writing and other forms of composing, and finally composition of writing in the two other major graphic symbol systems including mathematical equations and scientific formulas.


This helps us better to synthesize information. Then she goes on to talk about different definitions of learning. First, she takes a strategic look at the four popular modes of communication used for learning: Furthermore, Emig offers a nice list of differences between writing and talking.

She discusses the idea that the writing process gives you immediate feedback and that feedback includes past, present, and future. My dad thought I was nuts!

Leave a Reply Ldarning reply Enter your comment here It helps writers to stick to their main goals. In the act of writing, people regenerate or recreate their own goals in the light of what they learn, and what they already know.

Emig uses these terms to tie together some consensus between these definitions to show what they all have in common. I like the idea of using writing as learning mode because it can be valuable in the learning process. I found the comparison between the learning strategies and attributes of writing process is actually interesting.

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The final thing that Emig discusses in her article is the temporal aspect of writing. It is very insightful on the basis of comparing and contrasting talk and writing because it shows how these ideas are complimentary learning strategies and can help you get the most out of the information being learned. The intelligences like naturalistic, musical, logical are translated on papers in the writing process. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

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I found the solution in the loud outlining of the goals. Although she focuses mainly on writing and talking, she also touches on a few other topics in less detail. I think those distinctions are a bit too rigid; does anyone else?

I think all the four elements work together in the writing process. But the process of writing is not hierarchical.

She spends time in her paper discussing how writing itself is a unique process. I used to read my Social Study, Biology, or Literature books, synthesize, analyze, create diagrams, and in the process I would managed to re-write 3 pages of material into a page product.

It can help them to improve their academic writing, and to develop effective learning strategies. Both sides of the brain are activated in these kode actions, and so, learning takes place most effectively in writing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Janet Emig idea that writing supports learning simply because of the fact that it reinforces its learnning through the use of the hand, the eyes, and the brain is true.

I think her point in this was to show that the definition of learning can mean different things jahet different people depending on the context in which it is being discussed.