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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She discusses the idea that the writing process gives you immediate feedback and that feedback includes past, present, and future.

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 but also in production of learning through writing.

Her final point about the uniqueness of writing is that she feels that speech and writing are not at all interchangeable. This article also does a great job of adding philosophical insight on the benefits of writing and learning. According to Jerome Brunner and Jean Piaget, people learn in three ways: 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.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree emkg their use. She feels that they serve separate and distinct functions and that many people do not realize this. It helps writers to stick to their main goals.


The writers will be clearer, focused and goal directed in their writing. Another distinction she makes is between skills that require origination and graphic representation and those that do not. 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. Janet Emig 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 brain is true.

If we teach writers the art of consolidating their knowledge in the writing process, many mod the problems can be addressed.

Writing as a Mode of Learning

We cannot put it in to a, b, c order because every human being wgiting from his own prospective. These similar strategies of writong and writing can be used to teach study skills to undergraduates. I think all the four elements work together in the writing process. In this article Emig tries to show how writing serves as a unique way of learning. You are commenting using ,ode Twitter account. Oof process is a set of individual thinking, and it is a goal directed thinking process that is set by writers.

Writing in her opinion unlike the others is originating and creating verbal construct that is graphically recorded.

Before I read the emigg I thought it was going to show me a more scientific side to why writing promotes learning. She spends time in her paper discussing how writing itself is a unique process.

I am not whining. Her objective is to describe how writing uniquely corresponds to these powerful learning strategies. In the next section of her paper she defines the many differences between writing and talking.


Furthermore, Emig offers a nice list of differences between writing and talking. I think her point in this was to show that sa definition of learning can mean different things to different people depending on the context in which it is being discussed.

This helps us to create systematic connections and relationships to better establish more in depth forms of learning. My dad thought I was nuts! The next part of the paper in my opinion was the most interesting. Thus writing may be inspired by the need of expression or the need of getting an A in a composition class.

Emig feels that the temporal aspect of writing relates perfectly with our learning process because both of these processes are slow.

Writing as a mode of Learning

Both are multi- representational processes, give self-provided feedbacks, establish synthetic and analytic conceptual groupings, and active and rwiting process. Then she goes on to talk about different definitions of learning. Writing as a mode of learning by Janet Emig: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. It is so complex, that some of us may think too fast for our hands, and in fact, often have to go back and erase because we start to write a word that should go after some that we skipped.

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I wonder how man composition instructions and students think of writing that way. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: