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

TR 28. The Cultural Imperatives Underlying Cognitive Acts

By Kathleen McCormick

Summary: By setting reading-to-write in a broad cultural context, this report explores some of the cultural imperatives that might underlie particular cognitive acts. Protocols and interviews suggest that three culturally-based attitudes played a role in this task: the desire for closure, a belief in objectivity, and a refusal to write about perceived contradictions. May, 1989; 37 pages.

TR 28. The Cultural Imperatives Underlying Cognitive Acts
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