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What are the differences between product theory and process theory in writing?i need to...

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abdulghani | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM via web

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What are the differences between product theory and process theory in writing?

i need to explain differences between product oriented writing and process oriented writing,for instance, how one is viewed as recursive process and another as linear

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2012 at 4:46 AM (Answer #1)

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“Process theory” was a term invented by composition theorists in the 1960s and holding considerable sway over university writing pedagogy in 1960-2000. It reflected an emphasis on a multi-stage writing process, using consisting of some combination of pre-writing, writing, and revision, and frequently involving peer group exercises. “Product theory” was a term used by process theorists to describe all other writing theorists in all periods and all countries who did not follow their ideology – there was never actually a movement known as product theory. One reason why the process model has generally be replaced by post-process and other theories is that people’s writing processes vary widely, and as long as the results are good, eventually process is a matter of individual choice and temperament.


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