Historical Studies of Composition

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2006-01-01
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Russel, David
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WRITING IS a technology used by people in myriad human activities for myriad purposes, from producing the grandest texts of religion, government, and science to the humblest government forms, grocery lists, and graffiti. And its history of uses reaches far beyond the subject of "composition," defined here as the conscious and explicit development of students' writing in formal education, from preschool through higher education. Some historical research on writing extends beyond this definition and will be mentioned only in brief in order to set the limits of this review and suggest the work that many historians of composition have used (or ignored).

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This chapter is published as part of Research on Composition, 1983-2003, Ed. Peter Smagorinsky. Urbana, IL: NCTE. Teachers College Press, 2006. (243-263). Posted with permission.

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