Wednesday, July 25, 2012



 Question: Which is taught more frequently: writing persuasion or critically analyzing persuasion?

Answer: “Although 83% of responding teachers said they attempt to prepare students as both senders and receivers of persuasion, 43% of these emphasize the role of sender, and only 15% emphasize the role of receiver.” DJ Dieterich. 1976. P. 291.

Comment: The imbalance between writing persuasion and reading it surprised me. But maybe I should not be surprised. How many English teachers emphasize critical reading in their classes? It was always on my mind, but I never taught it directly. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English, January 1, 1976 to June 30, 1976.” Daniel J. Dieterich. Research in the Teaching of English (Winter 1976), 278-293.

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