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ERIC Number: ED261410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Revision Strategies of Seventh and Eleventh Graders.
Land, Robert E.
To determine whether older students make more revisions in their essays, more kinds of revisions, or "bigger" revisions than younger students, a study was made of revisions made by 30 randomly selected seventh grade and 30 randomly selected eleventh grade students. Students were asked to write and revise twice essays in which they described a familiar place. Revisions were then counted and categorized according to linguistic size (sentence level, phrase level, and lexical level) and according to operation (addition, deletion, and reordering). Results did not show an increase across grade levels in the average number of revisions nor an increase in the number of types of revisions students used. Although the frequency and variety of revisions remained constant across grade level, size of revision did not. The eleventh grade students made many more subsentence-level revisions and many fewer sentence-level revisions. The shift from larger to smaller revisions was especially noticeable with addition and deletion revisions. Samples of student revisions are appended. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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