ERIC Number: ED199720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Terrors and Affectations: Students' Perceptions of the Writing Process.
Cannon, Walter W.
To determine what entering college freshmen think they are doing when they write, a study examined the kind of writing that goes on outside the classroom through a one-year case study of 17 students. All written material done outside of class was collected and each writer was interviewed at least once per term. A system of classification was then applied to the writing, consisting of seven items: invention, audience, voice, intention, style, arrangement and revision. Among the findings were the following: (1) students with low ACT scores did not mention a concern for the audience when they wrote, while others with scores near the middle either were oppressed and puzzled by it, or knew the audience and were rather cynical about being able to manipulate it; (2) most students thought that the purpose of writing was to transmit information, and they tended to view personal responses and opinion papers as less important than research papers; (3) few students had thought about the concept of voice and the notion that one projects a character in writing; (4) concerns with style overlapped in practice with the concerns for voice; (5) all students understood arrangement; and (6) revision took the form of superficial editing and proofreading. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).