ERIC Number: ED145432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Study in Coherence: Applications for the Teaching of Writing, Teacher Training, and Research.
Jacobs, Suzanne E.
This paper presents a passage written by a student and analyzes the way in which each sentence is or is not connected to those before it and after it, revealing the problems that cause the passage to lack coherence. The paper notes that, although this writer would have benefited from an opportunity to talk out her ideas (rather than a lesson in the mechanics of coherence), coherence studies could be the starting point for teacher training. The paper then offers a second draft of the passage, written after the student had discussed her ideas more fully, with a sentence-by-sentence analysis showing that this passage is more coherent than the first. The paper concludes that a schema for the study of coherence could be used for a large-scale study of student writing and that coherence studies are useful not only for teacher training but also for research in the development of writing skill and for longitudinal studies of a student's writing. The paper lists ten works that present various schemata for the study of coherence in writing. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)