Department of Writing

The following article appeared in College Composition and Communication in September 1998.

Daniel J. Royer and Roger Gilles
"Directed Self-Placement: An Attitude of Orientation"

No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude
of orientation, is what the pragmatic method means.
The attitude of looking away from first things, principles,
“categories,” supposed necessities; and of looking towards last
things, fruits, consequences, facts.
William James


View a PDF of this article.

You may also be interested in the Introduction to our book, Directed Self Placement: Principles and Practices published by Hampton Press. Or view the table of contents to the book.

If you are particularly interested in "basic writers" and the importance of directed self-placement. You may want to check out this article, also by Royer and Gilles, in the Journal of Basic Writing.

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