chapter  5
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Writing and at the Academy

Learning Cross Purposes

A few years ago, our literature was replete with descriptions of writing as a way of learning.' Just putting words together on the page, it was argued, would encourage thinking (Emig, 1977), foster learning (McGinley and Tierney, 1989), and engender critical reflection (Fulwiler, 1986). As Knoblauch and Brannon put it, "Writing enables new knowledge because it involves precisely that active effort to state relationships which is at the heart of learning. Composing always entails the search for connections: its nature is to compel the writer to undertake that search" (pp. 467-468).