Problem-Solving Strategies and the Writing Process

  title={Problem-Solving Strategies and the Writing Process},
  author={Linda S. Flower and J. R. Hayes},
  journal={College English},
IN THE MIDST of the composition renaissance, an odd fact stands out: our basic methods of teaching writing are the same ones English academics were using in the seventeenth century.' We still undertake to teach people to write primarily by dissecting and describing a completed piece of writing. The student is (a) exposed to the formal descriptive categories of rhetoric (modes of argumentdefinition, cause and effect, etc.-and modes of discourse-description, persuasion, etc.), (b) offered good… 
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