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Book Review: Searching Writing, by Ken Macrorie

By: Jerry Herman
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1
Date: November 1980

Summary: The writer recommends Macrorie's text for its "freshness, its good sense, its readability and its subversion of many oafish traditions connected with the school research paper."


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Macrorie rejects the traditional research paper as "... an exercise in badly done bibliography, often an introduction to the art of plagiarism, and a triumph of meaninglessness—for both writer and reader." In its place he proposes the I-Search paper which "...comes out of a student's life and answers a need in it."

The finished product is a narrative about the student's quest and his discoveries. The experience of the search is reported along with the results of it; the subjective and objective are balanced, blended as they are in life.

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