Purpose of this blog: Review of interesting articles and ideas in past English education journals, K-12.
10-second review: The editors of Research in the Teaching of English believe that the pendulum has swung too far in the battle over process vs. product. They suggest that the process and product are both important.
Title: “Musings.” JA Langer and AN Applebee, eds. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1984), 5-7.
Quote: “Much recent research in both reading and writing has shifted attention from examination of final performance to analysis of the process. Such a shift was necessary to correct previous imbalances, but the pendulum may have swung too far. We need to remember that processes are driven by purposes related to the final product, and develop in interaction with those purposes and goals. If we study process without relating it to the product that emerges, we may severely limit our understanding of both.” P. 6.
Comment: I go so far as to say that the purpose for working with students on the writing process is a better product. RayS.