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Modelling Written Communication

by Pratt, Deirdre.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Methodos Series, Methodological Prospects in the Social Sciences ; . 8 Physical details: XXVI, 226 p. online resource. ISBN: 9048198437 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Information systems. | Literacy. | Social sciences %Methodology. | Social Sciences. | Methodology of the Social Sciences. | Literacy. | Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities.
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Preface -- Glossary -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Review of Composition Software -- Chapter 2: Critical Realism -- Chapter 3: The Modelling Process -- Chapter 4: The User's Model of Composing -- Chapter 5: Testing out the User's Model -- Chapter 6: The Theoretical Model of Composing -- Chapter 7: The Explanatory Force of the Models -- Chapter 8: The Writing Tutor Program -- Conclusion -- Index -- Bibiography.

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 computerised  writing tutor. Following Robert Franck’s seminal work on modelling, a theoretical model of writing was first formulated, consisting of an architecture of functions which 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 which models for the learner both the systemic and the socially situated nature of writing. This book establishes composing as a communicative interaction, and shows the essential dynamism of writing, while offering an exemplar of a systems approach to modelling in the social sciences.

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