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ERIC Number: ED236618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student Writers and Their Audiences: Case Studies of the Revising Decisions of Three College Freshman.
Berkenkotter, Carol
To examine the relationship between student writer and audience, five volunteers from a college freshman composition class were asked to think aloud on tape as they revised three out-of-class drafts of a paper. The subjects gave one protocol after getting feedback on an early draft from their own writing group, another after a student-teacher conference, and a third after receiving feedback from a peer evaluation group. Protocol transcripts were analyzed for audience-related and revising activities. Review of the data revealed a wide range of student responses to peer comments. Case studies of three of the five volunteers showed that one student deliberately ignored his audience's responses, yet indicated no strong sense of authorship; one student made revisions largely independently of his readers' expectations but showed, in his evident self-motivation, a clear sense of writing ownership; and a third student temporarily lost confidence in her own judgment when confronted with peer criticism. These case studies suggested that peer evaluations are not always beneficial for student writers. Further research is needed on the complex interactions between writers and readers. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Freshman Composition; Protocol Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (16th, Montreal, Canada, May 10-14, 1983).