ERIC Number: ED337808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Grammatical Transitions: A Study of One Basic Writer.
Coppinger, Stanley K.
A study traced the discourse control of one writer, over 3 years, from his basic writing course to his junior year "membership" in academia. It reported on the student's transitions in areas of print code control in 28 writing tasks from 6 classes covering 3 disciplines. The analysis involved 38 error patterns, including spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. Results indicated that the learning process of basic writers is not pristine or predictable, and that there are no easy answers or obvious patterns. Results showed that none of the error patterns disappeared as a result of remediation and the developmental writing course; only the errors of run-on sentences and sentence fragments appeared to decrease. Results suggest that formal grammar instruction has little to do with the student's quality of writing, and that teachers, therefore, should not spend so much time teaching grammar. Individual and workshop instruction, as well as holistic evaluation, are recommended. (Two figures and a table of data are included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Writers; Error Monitoring
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (San Antonio, TX, April 18-20, 1991).