ERIC Number: ED227480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Error Pattern Analysis in a Workshop Format.
Monagle, E. Brette
Error pattern analysis is a teaching technique that emphasizes identifying, classifying, and keeping a frequency count on only those errors actually occurring in students' writing. Application of error pattern analysis in a workshop format requires three steps: preparing an error pattern analysis, teaching from this analysis, and integrating it into the workshop format. Three samples from a student are usually enough to determine his or her error patterns; in a whole class, there probably will not be more than 20 to 30 types of errors. After compiling error pattern analysis charts for the class as a whole, the teacher can focus work in mechanics precisely where the students need it. Error pattern analysis can be integrated into the workshop format at the point where students edit each other's rough drafts. In this way, rudimentary editing skills and mechanics are learned simultaneously, while students also learn to interact cooperatively. In effect, students become their own teachers. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Technical Communication Conference (29th, Boston, MA, May 5-8, 1982).