Studies in Writing

Writing as a Learning Tool

Integrating Theory and Practice

Editors: Tynjala, Paivi, Mason, Lucia, Lonka, K. (Eds.)

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In a brief summary, the debate concerning the nature of writing processes is about whether the essential characteristic of expertise in writing is a matter of mastering problem-solving strategies. In this respect, the role of social and interactive factors, such as writers' familiarity with the particular genre in which they are writing and their relationship with the discourse community in which they are participating, have been pointed out (e.g. Nystrand, 1989). According to the socio-interactive approach, which refers to Vygotsky's theory, the composition process is a dialogue between the writer and the reader made possible by socially shared knowledge. The meaning of a text is a social construct that is negotiated between the reader and the writer through the medium of the text. The importance of motivational aspects has also been highlighted by two main lines of research, studies of the relationship between writing and self-efficacy (e.g. Pajares & Johnson, 1994, 1996) and studies of the role of interest in the production of expository texts (e.g. Albin, Benton & Khramtsova, 1996; Benton, Corkill, Sharp, Downey, Khramtsova, 1995; Hidi & McLaren, 1990, 1991). Self-efficacy, in this context individuals' beliefs about their ability to produce certain types of texts, have been found to be predictive of writing skills, strategy use and writing performance. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing as a Learning Tool
Book Subtitle
Integrating Theory and Practice
Editors
  • Paivi Tynjala
  • Lucia Mason
  • K. Lonka
Series Title
Studies in Writing
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0740-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0740-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6877-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6914-1
Series ISSN
1572-6304
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 219
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