ERIC Number: ED258174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
The Transaction between Teachers' Comments and Students' Revisions: Catalysts and Obstacles.
Onore, Cynthia S.
One area of the writing process that has received considerable attention is revision. A case study was conducted to generate a picture of the effects of revision on texts, the writers' intentions and perceptions, and readers' assessments of the written products. Three students--Dan, Alex, and Miranda--enrolled in a required expository writing class at a large urban university volunteered to particpate in this study. During the semester, all students in the class wrote seven essays, each of which went through at least two revisions. The third and fifth essays were singled out for investigation. In addition to the drafts of the essays, the data included transcripts of reporting-in protocols, which had been tape recorded. Neither Alex nor Dan made any substantial revisions in their texts. Although Miranda was willing to revise, the revision served as a catalyst to stimulate new ideas rather than making her aware of problems in the original text. It must be concluded that texts will exhibit gains and losses as writers reformulate, and that commenting practices and evaluating systems that recognize the cyclical nature of growth in writing and improvement in texts need to be created. (An appendix includes samples of Miranda's writing.) (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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