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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The writers will be clearer, focused and goal directed in their writing. If the burden is lwarning lessen down, it is helpful for teachers as the learners will be aware of the learning strategies, and that will make wrting teaching of writing process easy. I thought I had finally found proof of what my parents thought was a very poor way of studying when I was in high school. I think all the four elements work together in the writing process. We cannot put it in to a, b, c order because every human being thinks from his own prospective.

According to Jerome Mose and Jean Piaget, people learn in three ways: It is very insightful on the basis of comparing and moode 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.

In order to achieve her purpose, Emig focuses most of her article on the comparison and contrast of writing and talking as a medium of learning. Both are multi- representational processes, give self-provided feedbacks, establish synthetic and analytic conceptual groupings, and active and engaging process.

I wonder how man composition instructions and students think of writing that way. Writing is uniquely adapted to the task of fostering insight and developing new knowledge. Emig uses these terms to tie modd some consensus between these definitions to show what they all have in common.

Writing as a Mode of Learning

The next part of the paper in my opinion was the most interesting. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Emig feels that the temporal aspect of writing relates perfectly with our learning process because both of these processes are slow.


I like the idea of using writing manet learning mode because it can be valuable in the learning process.

In the act of writing, people regenerate or recreate their own goals in the light of what they learn, and what they already know. At the same time writers create their own goals through evaluation and generation. Your email address will not be published. This helps us to create systematic connections and relationships to better establish more in depth forms of learning. Emig thus points out the multiple reasons as to why writing is definitely a mode of learning.

Writing as a mode of Learning

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Writing in her opinion unlike the others is originating and creating verbal construct that is graphically recorded.

The intelligences like naturalistic, musical, logical are translated on papers in the writing process. She then makes the distinction between creating and originating in terms of talk, writing, reading wruting listening.

Flower and Hayes discussion of the cognitive process theory emphasizes the four key elements. As soon as I read the title of this reading I became very curious. By integrating writing into the learning strategies, things can become easy for the learners. She points out that writing is unique compared to the other three modes jsnet communication because it encompasses both original creation and graphic evidence Emig 8while the learninv three skills rely heavily on origin or graphic representation, not both.

Her final point about the uniqueness of writing is that she feels that speech and writing are not at all interchangeable.

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I became particularly drawn by the idea that writing supports learning simply because of the fact that it reinforces its cycle through the use of the hand, the eyes, and the brainwhich is a very complex and intertwine process.

Email required Address never made public. Furthermore, Emig offers a nice list of differences between writing and talking. I found the solution in the loud outlining of the goals. M on Book Review. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It focused a bit on the more scientific aspect and how the brain works when you are writing. I have found in many students that often they are driven away from the main goal, and sub goals intervene in the process.


I think those distinctions are a bit too rigid; does anyone else? Besides that in my opinion, it is really important to consolidate the knowledge. If we teach writers the art of consolidating their knowledge in the writing process, many of the problems can be addressed.

Besides everyone has varying background knowledge, and developing of rhetoric problem also differs from person to person. Her objective is to describe how writing uniquely corresponds to these powerful learning strategies. But the process of writing is not hierarchical. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

She uses a great deal of evidence from Vygotzky to Piaget, to Gardner, she utilizes rather well known theories not only into the physiological process of the brain when people write and learn s also in production of learning through writing. The final thing that Emig discusses in her article is the temporal aspect of writing.

Writing process is a set of individual thinking, and it is a goal directed thinking process that is set by writers. It helps writers to stick to their main goals. Notify me of new comments via email. Of course now I realize that my dad was right, and that had I not learned other ways of studying, I would not be in a graduate program never mind in this class… can you imagine re-writing all these readings!?!?!?!?

Although she focuses mainly on writing and talking, she also touches on a few other topics in less detail. First, she takes a strategic look at wrjting four popular modes of communication used for janrt