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OP 11. Cognition, Context, and Theory-Building

By Linda Flower

Summary: In this paper, Flower addresses the debate in composition studies over whether individual cognition or social and cultural context provides the motive force for the writing process. Flower posits the need for a more integrated theoretical vision to explain the interaction between context and cognition. She discusses ways educators might build an interactive vision and how such a vision might improve writing instruction. May, 1989; 27 pages.

OP 11. Cognition, Context, and Theory Building
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