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ERIC Number: ED141804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 25
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Learning about Transcribing and Composing through Timed Videotape Studies.
Cooper, Charles R.; Matsuhashi, Ann
Composing in writing is a complex psycholinguistic process about which very little is known. Nearly all of the research on composing in writing has looked at the written product, not at the process by which it came into being. This document reviews past research on the composing process and proposes a study in which video cameras would record simultaneously the writer and the transcription as a piece is being written, for playback on a split screen. The subjects would be competent twelfth-grade writers who would come to the laboratory setting for 14 one-hour sessions. Each writer would be asked to write two pieces each of expressive writing, reporting, generalizing, and persuading. The document describes the equipment to be used, the procedures to be followed, and the writing tasks to be assigned and enumerates the sources of data in the study: writers' introspections about the writing process; observations of the videotapes; the written products; and timings of pauses, word rate, and overall writing rate. The document also discusses the ways in which data would be analyzed in the attempt to frame new hypotheses about the composing process and to extend and refine the kinds of questions researchers are presently able to ask. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)