Friday, May 6, 2011

Research: Audience

Question: How did experienced writers differentiate between two contrasting audiences?

Answer: Wrote for college freshmen and a faculty committee. “Writers attributed the same characteristics to both audiences despite the difference in these audiences’ social status within the university structure. P. 38.

Comment: Hard to interpret this finding. For me, it means that in spite of significant differences in audience social status, experienced writers write for the same audience in at least part of their writing. But they also are sensitive to the different audiences in other parts of their writing. RayS.

Title: Writing Up and Down the Social Ladder: A Study of Experienced Writers Composing for Contrasting Audiences.” G Kirsch. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1991), 33-53.

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