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ERIC Number: ED147819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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The Composing Processes of Unskilled Writers at the College Level.
Perl, Sondra
This paper uses five case studies of unskilled writers at the college level to provide insights into the composing process. Each student's writing process was tape-recorded and observed by the instructor in four sessions. The tapes and written observations were charted and analyzed for exhibited behavior patterns in comparison to the written products, inferring from the words on the page how the ideas developed. Results show that the students exhibited consistent behavioral patterns and stylistic or syntactic concerns, that they were more fluent in the reflexive mode, that they used little planning or prewriting, that they had little sense of audience, and that they were unable to explain stylistic changes. The study concludes that the students had not yet internalized all of the rules that would make them skilled writers, nor had they learned how to judge their writing objectively. However, by looking more closely at how such students compose, teachers can increase their understanding of the entire writing process and can improve instructional methods by which students can achieve composition skills. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)