UNDERSTANDING WRITING: EXPLORING TEXTS, WRITERS AND READERS

Ken Hyland

Abstract


This paper explores the main approaches to teaching and researching writing. Making a broad distinction between theories concerned with texts, with writers and with readers, I will show what each approach offers and neglects and what each means for teachers. The categorisation implies no rigid divisions, and, in fact the approaches respond to, critique, and draw on each other in a variety of ways. I believe, however, this offers a useful way of comparing and evaluating the research each approach has produced and the pedagogic practices they encourage.

Keywords: process writing, genre, social construction, discourse communities, writing pedagogy.


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