Writing and Psychology: Understanding Writing and Its Teaching from the Perspective of Composition Studies

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 142 pages
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Although psychology is steeped in writing, as a discipline it has developed little explicit understanding of writing. This is the first book to examine writing (and the teaching of writing) in psychology from the standpoint of composition studies, the scholarly field that specializes in the study and teaching of writing. The book's purpose is to develop a different, richer, more explicit understanding of writing than psychology presently has. Three major aspects of writing are discussed: audience, genre, and style. After examining these, the author draws implications for the teaching of writing in psychology. The work does not aim to tell psychologists how to write better; rather, it suggests how they might think differently about writing.

 

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Contents

Reversing the Polarity between Writing and Psychology
1
Beyond Audience Understanding WriterReader Relationships in Psychology
17
The Genre Question in Psychology
35
The Elements of APA Style
55
Teaching Writing and Psychology
77
Notes
99
References
111
Index
133
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DOUGLAS VIPOND is Professor of Psychology at St. Thomas University (Fredericton, Canada). His articles on writing, reading and pedagogy have been published in journals such as College Composition and Communications, Poetics, and Teaching of Psychology.

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