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ERIC Number: EJ891376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Using Eye and Pen Movements to Trace the Development of Writing Expertise: Case Studies of a 7th, 9th and 12th Grader, Graduate Student, and Professional Writer
Alamargot, Denis; Plane, Sylvie; Lambert, Eric; Chesnet, David
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n7 p853-888 Aug 2010
This study was designed to enhance our understanding of the changing relationship between low- and high-level writing processes in the course of development. A dual description of writing processes was undertaken, based on (a) the respective time courses of these processes, as assessed by an analysis of eye and pen movements, and (b) the semantic characteristics of the writers' scripts. To conduct a more fine-grained description of processing strategies, a "case study" approach was adopted, whereby a comprehensive range of measures was used to assess processes within five writers with different levels of expertise. The task was to continue writing a story based on excerpt from a source document (incipit). The main results showed two developmental patterns linked to expertise: (a) a gradual acceleration in low- and high-level processing (pauses, flow), associated with (b) changes in the way the previous text was (re)read. (Contains 3 footnotes, 6 tables, and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 9; Higher Education
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Language: English
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