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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report     May 1989

TR 25. Elaboration: Using What You Know

By Victoria Stein

Summary: This report provides a more in-depth look at one of the cognitive processes used in reading-to-write, namely elaboration. The process of elaboration allows students to use prior knowledge not only for comprehension and critical thinking, but also for structuring and planning their papers. However, this study found that much of this valuable thinking failed to be transferred into students' papers, although it had an important indirect influence. May, 1989; 24 pages.

TR 25. Elaboration: Using What You Know
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