Title

Examining a first grader’s writing through a Habermasian Lens: Implications for the teaching and learning of writing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Source

Mid-Western Educational Researcher

Volume

29

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

261-273

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between Habermas’s theory of communicative action (TCA) and writing. It begins with a review of the features of Habermas’s TCA: validity claims, their corresponding criteria, and the ideal speech situation. Then TCA is applied in analyzing a first grader’s written notes. Finally, the implications for the teaching and learning of writing are discussed from a Habermasian perspective. This paper demonstrates the applicability of Habermas’s TCA in examining writing. It also shows how TCA informs the teaching and learning of writing.

Keywords

Jurgen Habermas, Theory of communicative action, writing, writing instruction, literacy eduction

Disciplines

Education | Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education