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ERIC Number: EJ1116074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-6
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
Effective Comments and Revisions in Student Writing from WAC Courses
Wingard, Joel; Geosits, Angela
Across the Disciplines, v11 n1 Apr 2014
Although teacher commentary on student papers and students' revisions have been investigated separately, the relationship between commentary and revision has not been much studied. Such a gap in the research leaves the nature of the progression from effective commentary to substantive revision obscure. This article describes a mixed method study, using quantitative and qualitative data, that grew out of a WAC assessment project in which multiple drafts of 64 student papers from first-year composition and writing-in-the-disciplines courses were examined to measure the extent and kind of revisions made by students after receiving feedback from their instructors. We conclude that revisions--especially substantive revisions--correlate with comments that address substantive matters; we provide empirical data to support that finding; and we consider the role of individual teachers and their classroom practices in encouraging substantive revision.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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