Princeton University Press Blog, June 24, 2011
4 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2011
Date Written: June 24, 2011
Traditional writing instruction tacitly assumes that writing is a normal human activity requiring no fundamental cognitive work. We begin by acknowledging the fact that writing is utterly alien to the human evolutionary endowment. There is, however, a species-wide, ancient behavior underlying writing. Cognitive scientists call it "joint attention," and we think it is the most sensible and practical place to begin learning to write.
Keywords: Writing, Joint Attention, Cognitive Science
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Thomas, Francis-Noël and Turner, Mark B., A Natural Way to Write (June 24, 2011). Princeton University Press Blog, June 24, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1910266