Book Name: Modelling Written Communication
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This book offers an alternative view to current postmodern approaches to composition. It takes a critical realist stance to arrive at the “essence” of written communication with the aim of informing a practical application: a computerized writing tutor. Following Robert Franck’s seminal work on modeling, a theoretical model of writing was first formulated, consisting of an architecture of functions that constitute the prerequisites for effective communication. Next, an applied model – a composing algorithm with an input option – was developed, showing composing to be a systemic social process with intra- and extra-systemic variation. The algorithm provided the design template for a writing tutor program that models both the systemic and socially situated nature of writing for the learner. This book establishes composing as a communicative interaction and shows the essential dynamism of writing while offering an exemplar of a systems approach to modeling in the social sciences.

Table of contents :

Front Matter….Pages i-xxv
Review of Composition Software….Pages 1-14
Critical Realism….Pages 15-35
The Modelling Process….Pages 37-63
The User’s Model of Composing….Pages 65-82
Testing Out the User’s Model….Pages 83-115
The Theoretical Model of Composing….Pages 117-145
The Explanatory Force of the Models….Pages 147-170
The Writing Tutor Program….Pages 171-191
Back Matter….Pages 193-225

 

Modelling Written Communication: A New Systems Approach to Modelling in the Social Sciences PDF

Author(s): Deirdre Pratt (auth.)

Series: Methodos Series 8

Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Year: 2011

ISBN: 9048198429,9789048198429,9789048198436


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