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ERIC Number: ED162340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Putting Correctness in Its Place.
Bamberg, Betty
Eliminating errors is neither as simple nor as important as back-to-basics critics believe; however, correctness does need to be considered in composition instruction. Error affects a reader's judgment of writing quality and interferes with the communication between reader and writer. It may also hinder the composing process of some writers. Major attention to matters of correct form should be postponed until the final stages of composing--revision and proofreading. Instruction that prepares students to eliminate errors in these final stages should be based on research and linguistic knowledge. Such instruction should begin with helping students develop writing fluency so that the mechanical process can become unconscious. Other instruction should include language activities that ask students to generate and manipulate their own language, a direct or applied approach to teaching grammar, usage instruction based on current knowledge about language, a spelling curriculum, and information on how to revise and proofread. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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