ERIC Number: ED240615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Controlling the Writing Process: Not a Monolithic Process.
Kucer, Stephen B.
In order to evaluate writer control of global coherence under various contexts, writer texts produced by 13 college freshmen enrolled in a basic skills section of a composition course were collected as a natural part of the ongoing instruction. The texts examined were written on five different topics: misuse of power, a personal experience of the writer, schooling, a writer-selected topic, and discrimination. Each assignment required different types of cognitive, linguistic, and textual manipulations on the part of the students; demanded the use of different background knowledge; and were produced under various time constraints. The written texts were then given to three readers and ranked in terms of their overall or global coherence. Results showed that as ranking conditions varied for the students, so did their ability to control global coherence. For almost all writers, rank within one writing condition was not predictive of rank within another. Furthermore, different writers were affected differently by different tasks and sensitive to different aspects of each writing condition. Just as a writer's control of coherence within one writing condition was not predictive of control within another, overall writer control of coherence was not always predictive of control from one task to another. These results suggest that growth in writing is a process that involves the writer's ability to use and control strategies within an ever widening range of contexts. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (16th, Montreal, Canada, May 10-14, 1983).