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ERIC Number: ED181482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Notes for a Theory of Evaluation: How Writers Judge Their Own Work.
Miller, Susan
A review of descriptions of the composing process and of the analytical tools developed to measure, describe, and judge student writing suggests that a comprehensive theory of evaluation is an important next step for composition theorists and researchers who want to understand how people learn to write. A study involving three groups of writers--professional writers, graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a mixture of teachers and professionals indirectly involved in writing--provided data on the self-evaluative experiences of writers. Information gathering for the study included three questionnaires, casual conversations, and regularized advising interviews with students. The results of the informal study revealed that the majority of writers at first resisted engaging in self-evaluation; that they evaluated the quality of their own writing hesitantly; that this hesitancy was for some reified into a sentimental feeling about a piece; and that in describing their self-evaluations of writing they identified three criteria to judge the quality of their work: audience reception, congruence to their original purpose for writing, and the amount of discovery and change in themselves that occurred during the writing process. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (94th, San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 1979)