Modelling Written Communication

Modelling Written Communication

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This book offers an alternative view to current postmodern approaches to composition. It takes a critical realist stance to arrive at the a€œessencea€ of written communication with the aim of informing a practical application: a computerised writing tutor. Following Robert Francka€™s seminal work on modelling, a theoretical model of writing was first formulated, consisting of an architecture of functions which constitute the prerequisites for effective communication. Next, an applied model - a composing algorithm with an input option - was developed, showing composing to be a systemic social process with intra- and extra-systemic variation. The algorithm provided the design template for a writing tutor program which models for the learner both the systemic and the socially situated nature of writing. This book establishes composing as a communicative interaction, and shows the essential dynamism of writing, while offering an exemplar of a systems approach to modelling in the social sciences.for schools which teach the a€œfive paragraph themea€ style of writing, a program such as Maestro might prove to be ideal. ... to the kind of high school writing which is found in American school culture (see, for example, the scoring rubric given onanbsp;...

Title:Modelling Written Communication
Author: Deirdre Pratt
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-01-19

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