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ERIC Number: EJ869798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1060-3743
Proofreading in a UK University: Proofreaders' Beliefs, Practices, and Experiences
Harwood, Nigel; Austin, Liz; Macaulay, Rowena
Journal of Second Language Writing, v18 n3 p166-190 Sep 2009
This article presents key findings from an interview-based study of the beliefs, practices, and experiences of 16 proofreaders of student writing in a university setting. "Proofreading" is defined for the purposes of this research as "third-party interventions (entailing written alteration) on assessed work in progress." We report results relating to the proofreader informants' profiles, the types of texts informants are willing or unwilling to proofread, how much proofreaders charge for their work, the terminology informants and writers use to refer to proofreading, the changes proofreaders are willing and unwilling to make to writers' texts, and some of the ethical uncertainties informants have experienced when proofreading. There were differing beliefs about the appropriacy of proofreading outside the informants' disciplines, different labels given to proofreading by informants and student writers, differences in fees charged and in proofreading practices, and uncertainty regarding the ethical (in)appropriacy of certain types of intervention. We end by discussing the implications of the results and pointing to future research that will enhance our understanding of proofreading. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom