What Composition Theory Offers the Writing Teacher

  • Patricia M. Dyer


Composition Theory, taken as a broad concept, has two meanings: first, all of the theories of composition from the classical view to recent process-oriented views, and second, current competing methods, techniques, and notions of composition pedagogy. In its first meaning, Composition Theory refers to the classical view (Aristotelian rhetoric), the neoclassical view (current-traditional), and more recent process-oriented views (Expressive, Tagmemic, Dramatistic, Cognitive, and Social). In its second meaning, Composition Theory, still in transition from the 1960’s, refers to an expanding set of methods of composition instruction, specific functions of student writers and their teachers, classroom practices, and the supporting positions on how learning to write takes place.


Writing Process Rhetorical Strategy Student Writer Technical Writing Collaborative Writing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia M. Dyer
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  1. 1.Widener UniversityChesterUSA

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