ERIC Number: ED288339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Using the 3-Sigma Limit to Identify Significantly Long Pauses during Composing.
Kelly, Leonard P.; Nolan, Thomas W.
Ten deaf college freshmen and a comparison group of five hearing students participated in a study of a method to identify long pauses in written composition that have important statistical properties. Subjects first wrote two initial drafts of short stories they had viewed on video tape. Later, they revised and recopied their two originals and one common story account that presented the same content to all subjects. While they were writing under each condition, the duration and location of subjects' pauses were recorded by a computer graphics tablet. Rates of pausing were calculated, and errors identified and classified according to severity. Among findings were that hearing writers were more attentive to errors and more successful in correcting their own errors than deaf writers; and the system used was a reasonable method for identifying serious interruptions in the writing process. Implications for instruction are briefly reviewed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).