ERIC Number: ED172212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Revising: Toward a Theory.
Nold, Ellen W.
Research that purports to judge communicative sophistication on the basis of the revising behaviors of students must control for at least three variables: the subjective difficulty of the task; the student's ability to generate alternate wordings, spellings, and the like; and the student's preferred strategies of composing. Revising is not a substrategy of writing in the same way as are planning, transcribing, and reviewing, but is a retranscribing after the already-existing text is reviewed and found wanting. The review takes place in terms of understood conventions of written language, intended effect, intended meaning, intended audience, and intended persona of the writer. Three false premises of some of the research on revision are as follows: revision is a one-time process that occurs at the end of the writing session, difficulty of task makes no difference in the appearance of revising behaviors, and evidence from the text comprises the only data needed in analyzing behaviors. The study of revising is complex because in revising the writer uses the products of all the subprocesses of writing in a complex pattern-matching operation. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Revision (Written Composition)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)