ERIC Number: ED229794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Revision Practices in Today's Advanced Composition Course.
Carter, Ronnie D.
Almost 600 questionnaires were sent to private and public colleges and universities in a nationwide survey of their revision practices in advanced composition courses. Among the results were the following: (1) the teacher figured most powerfully in any revision activity; (2) a single mode of revision was the prevailing practice; (3) private schools gave more writing assignments; (4) most teachers required all types of papers to be revised; (5) between 10% and 30% of class time was devoted to revision/editing; (6) almost all revision/editing sessions took place in the classroom; (7) teachers gave revision and editing no or little grade weight; and (8) the majority of teachers were happy with current revision practices, with 25% planning to increase the time spent on revision, and no one planning to decrease it. Although referred to as a single entity in the survey, revision and editing are two different processes. In addition, revision must be taught in all the stages of a text's development. Finally, the great variety evidenced in the advanced composition course is a sign of health. (The paper concludes with the comments and reflections of a large number of survey respondents.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).