The Sense Of Structure : Writing

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Teachers and researchers are constantly changing and adjusting how writing is taught. I surveyed ten respondents of students, faculty, and others at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to see their opinions on writing education. Although, all respondents answered in their own words, there were many similarities in their answers. The information gathered through these surveys may be used to support or defend certain arguments about writing education.
In “Preparing to Teach Writing” J. Williams argues that reading is not teaching critical thinking (88-89). Although useful, there is a disconnect between reading and writing in this manner. The major concern is one of transfer (93). Many Rhetoric and Composition students are only learning to write about literature, and not about other fields (80). This could cause problems with making writing applicable to other fields and professions. Furthermore, in his book “The Sense of Structure: Writing from the Reader 's Perspective”, G. Gopen argues that teaching writing by only teaching grammar is not working to educate students (3-13). Gopen argues that comprehension of the reader is the most important part of writing (6).
In the survey, ten respondents from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor were asked a series of questions involving writing and the teaching of writing. Of the 10 respondents surveyed, there were eight females, and two males. One of the male respondents was a faculty member; all other respondents were
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