Conditions for discovery through writing
Instructional Science, 21, (1-3), . (doi:10.1007/BF00119655).
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This paper compares two contrasting conceptions of discovery through writing. The first - the classical position - claims that discovery is a consequence of planned rhetorical organisation. The second - the romantic position - claims that discovery is a consequence of the spontaneous spelling-out of ideas in continuous prose. An experiment is described in which two variables distinguishing between the positions are manipulated, and the effect on discovery is measured. The results support the romantic position. The implication of these findings, and the methods used, for computer-based writing are discussed.
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