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ERIC Number: ED177558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Videotape Analysis of the Composing Processes of Six Male College Freshmen Writers.
Bechtel, Judith
The purpose of this research was to identify and analyze student writing strategies and procedures. Six male college students, three high scorers and three low scorers on the Differential Aptitude Test, were videotaped while they wrote their regular English class assignments, two summaries and two essays. For each writing session, the students reported their attitudes toward the assignments and their evaluations of the work they did. After all assignments were completed, final interviews elecited information on the students' self concepts, attitudes, family backgrounds, schooling, and language experiences. Among the taxonomies distinguishing the subjects were focuses of attention, kinds of changes made, nervous accompanying behaviors, getting beyond long pauses, spelling strategies, and prewriting strategies. Data from the study provided the following insights: The methodology, getting a videotaped chronology of writing and recording observed behaviors, proved sensitive to many aspects of the composing process. Although no ideal writer emerged, certain traits distinguished effective writers from ineffective ones. As expected, favorable evaluations of compositions correlated with high verbal ability, positive self concept, a history of pleasurable experiences with reading, and determination to do well in school. (RL)
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 Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (14th, Des Moines, Iowa, February 15-17, 1979)