ERIC Number: ED234415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Engel, Mary F.; Sawyer, Thomas M.
Contractual revision promotes cooperation between teachers and tutors and, being student initiated, provides a method to increase student control over the revision process and encourage students to communicate their strengths and weaknesses in writing to their teachers or tutors. The contractual revision process requires students to form contracts specifying what methods they will employ to eliminate identified weaknesses from future writing. In these contracts the students reveal much about their understanding, or perhaps their misunderstanding, of language "rules" and consequently much about the efficacy of an instructor's own grading and evaluation criteria. While many students remain at a very mechanically oriented level of revision, a few begin to review their writing creatively, seeing the possibilities of communicating through writing, and recognizing that they can revise to say what they mean to say, and review to achieve an accurate, critical assessment of what they have said. Instructors and peer tutors provide in-progress feedback, which is much more conducive to substantive revision than student reworking of already graded essays. The contractual revision program eliminates the frustrations of an ad hoc tutoring program with irregular attendance while allowing the tutor to work closely and regularly enough to effect real student progress. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).