ERIC Number: ED188207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Composing Processes of Three Black Adolescents.
Fowler, Robert J.
The study described in this paper was designed to compare the composing processes of three black adolescent females--a low, a moderate, and a high user of nonstandard dialect. After explaining the procedures used in selecting the subjects on the basis of their degree of usage of nonstandard dialect features, the paper describes the research procedures, which included interviews with the subjects about their composing behaviors and observation of their behaviors in writing three modes of discourse--transactional, poetic, and expressive--using both the talk/write process (composing aloud) and the nontalk/write process (composing silently). A summary of the high dialect user's composing processes is presented, and discussions are offered regarding observed differences and similarities in the students' writing behaviors, observed differences in composing processes for the three modes of discourse examined, and differences between the talk/write and nontalk/write processes. Among the results reported are that the low dialect user needed the least amount of time to write the greatest number of words, and made the fewest pauses and the fewest translations from nonstandard to standard English, while the high dialect user used the greatest amount of time to write the fewest words, and made the most pauses and the most translations from nonstandard to standard English. The paper concludes by discussing implications of the study for teaching and research. (GT)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Black Students, Case Studies, Code Switching (Language), Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Females, Nonstandard Dialects, Observation, Research, Secondary Education, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Research, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at the University of Pittsburgh.