ERIC Number: ED229781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Students' Oral Response to Written Composition.
Gere, Anne R.
A study examined the oral comments of writing groups at different grade levels to determine if students are actually able to talk about writing, what kinds of comments they make about each other's writing, and what effects their comments have on the composing process. Nine groups of from four to six members in the fifth, eighth, and senior high grades were tape recorded in from three to six meetings. Transcripts were used to develop three language categories based on function: directing, informing, and eliciting. All transcripts were then analyzed to determine the incidence of each function for each meeting of the groups. Revisions of papers that had been read and commented on in the groups were then analyzed to determine the relationship between the comments made and the changes in the writing. Results indicated that group responses were directed to the writing and were largely informative, providing directions to the writer about how a composition could be changed and improved. This idea was confirmed by the fact that revised papers did show change and improvement. (Suggestions for further research, sample transcripts and student papers are included.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: Contains a number of marginally legible pages.