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ERIC Number: ED170769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Expert-Novice Differences in the Writing Process.
Atlas, Marshall
Skilled and unskilled writers were given detailed information about an urban planning project and then read a letter from an influential, interested, and potentially hostile writer requesting information about the project. Each writer was next asked to generate all the ideas needed to answer the letter, organize a framework for the letter from a collection of facts abstracted from the background information, and translate an experimenter-supplied outline into an actual letter. There were substantial objectively measurable differences between the two groups. Skilled writers used many more ideas, organized them earlier, and paid far more attention to the reader than did the unskilled writers. In addition, the skilled writers tended to organize their ideas as they generated them (which the unskilled writers did not do). (Materials used in the study are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)