Title

Zoellner's talk-write proposal: Dialogue in the composition classroom

Date of Award

1993

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Ronald B. Newman, Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Patrick McCarthy, Committee Member

Abstract

In 1969, Robert Zoellner proposed that the "think-write" metaphor for composition be replaced by a "talk-write" metaphor and, further, that Skinnerian behavioral psychology be used to construct and evaluate the resulting pedagogy. This suggestion, while controversial in its time, deserves the attention of contemporary writing instructors, who will find that developments in psychology, linguistics, rhetoric, and composition theory provide a strong foundation for Zoellner's ideas. As discussed here, the talk-write pedagogy has much to recommend it, not least of which is its attention to dialogue and dialectic, to the role of the audience, to the social nature of heuristics and discourse formation, and to the development of the individual's language skills.

Keywords

Education, Language and Literature; Language, Linguistics; Speech Communication; Education, Philosophy of

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