Writing as a Learning Activity


Writing as a learning activity offers an account of the potentials of writing as a tool for learning. Four aspects of writing emerge particularly clearly through the chapters. First, writing to learn depends on the cognitive strategies of the writer; instruction in such strategies contributes significantly to the ability to use writing as a learning tool. Secondly, strategies for writing and reasoning are largely specific to academic disciplines. Thirdly, writing is not, as traditionally conceived, only an individual ability, but also an activity that is social. It is a collaborative practice facilitated by representational tools-- books, computer, notes, schemata, drawings, etc. – by which knowledge is acquired, organized, and transformed at various levels of complexity. Fourthly, writing is a productive activity, exemplified by the varied and positive effects of writing on learning different subjects at various educational levels.

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Perry Klein is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University (Canada). He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Educational Psychology at the University of Toronto. He has published several articles and book chapters on writing as a learning activity.

Pietro Boscolo is emeritus Professor at the University of Padova (Italy), where he has taught educational psychology for four decades. He has published several articles and chapters on writing, and has co-edited Writing and Motivation with S. Hidi (2007).

Lori Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. (2012), Western University (Canada), is an Assistant Professor in Child and Youth Studies at Brock University (Canada). She researches and publishes in the area of writing, particularly writing from sources (e.g., Kirkpatrick & Klein, 2009).

Carmen Gelati, Ph.D. (2007), University of Padova (Italy), is an Assistant Professor in developmental and educational psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). She has published articles and chapters on writing, especially on instructional interventions and gender differences (e.g., Gelati, 2012).

Contributors include Martine Braaksma, Anne Britt, Jerome C. Bush, Nuria Castells, Lerida Cisotto, Isabel Cuevas, Silvia Del Longo, Kenan Dikilitaş, Nicoletta Galvan, Thomas D. Griffin, Brian Hand, Leena Laurinen, Markus Linnemann, Charles MacArthur, Elena Martín, Miika Marttunen, Mar Mateos, Mariana Miras, Minna Nykopp, Patrick Pieng, Kelly Simon, Isabel Solé, Sabine Stephany, Brent Steffens, Carla van Boxtel, Jannet van Drie, Mary Grace F. Villanueva, Jennifer Wiley, SaeYeol Yoon.
Researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and teachers interested in writing research, writing education, education in content area disciplines, constructivism, instructional psychology.