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ERIC Number: EJ796721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1075-2935
Coherence, Cohesion and Comments on Students' Academic Essays
Todd, Richard Watson; Khongput, Somreudee; Darasawang, Pornapit
Assessing Writing, v12 n1 p10-25 2007
This study investigates the relationships between connectedness in discourse and the in-text comments that tutors write on postgraduate essays at a Thai university. Connectedness was divided into cohesion, propositional coherence and interactional coherence which were analysed using Hoey's lexical analysis [Hoey, M. (1991). "Patterns of lexis in text." Oxford: Oxford University Press], topical structure analysis and genre analysis respectively. From these analyses, text-level features of connectedness and points in the assignments which are potentially problematic in terms of connectedness were identified, and these were compared against the tutors' comments. The findings show very little relationship between the analyses of connectedness and the tutors' comments. The non-results may be due to the constructs of connectedness analysed, the methods of analysis, the data, or the lack of any clear relationship between the tutors' comments and the quality of the texts as measured by grades. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand