ERIC Number: ED260392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Peer Conferencing and Writing Revision: A Study of the Relationship. Service Bulletin No. 48.
Although many studies have been conducted on the subject of writing, little research on the composing process itself can be found. One early study of significance is Janet Emig's "The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders," which compares school-sponsored writing with self-sponsored writing. Donald Graves, Lucy McCormick Calkins, and Donald Murray are leading researchers in the study of how young children compose. While these researchers advocate peer conferencing as a technique through which children learn to revise, questions remain about the relationship of peer conferencing and the revision of writing. A case study of four children with low, average, and high abilities in writing examines this relationship. Data were collected through observing the students while they composed, interviewing them formally and informally, transcribing the conferences between peers, and examining all writing drafts of these students for one semester. Results suggest that poor writers can effectively conference with their peers but are dependent on the questions of others in order to revise their writing, while average and good writers seem to be able to distance themselves from their writing, serving as their own audience and revising on their own. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English.