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ERIC Number: EJ898477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Location of Error: Reflections on a Research Project
Cook, Devan
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n1 p22-33 Sep 2010
Andrea Lunsford and Karen Lunsford conclude "Mistakes Are a Fact of Life: A National Comparative Study," a discussion of their research project exploring patterns of formal grammar and usage error in first-year writing, with an invitation to "conduct a local version of this study." The author was eager to accept their invitation; learning and applying grammar rules helped him tremendously as a student. He wanted to emulate the Lunsford and Lunsford study, contribute to the national data on grammar and usage error in first-year writing, and learn what their students are actually doing with regard to error or the lack of error when they write. This article presents the author's perspective on a research project into the grammar and usage error patterns among students at the author's university which showed that error can be located on a rhetorical map--within texts, writers, readers, and their social contexts. Through this paper, the author hopes to help students and teachers deal productively with error. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A