Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Research: Coherence and Quality in Writing

Question: How do younger and older students differ in writing?

Answer: “In reanalyzing essays by 13 and 17-year-olds from three National Assessments found that essays written by 17-year-olds were significantly more coherent than those written by younger students, and found a strong correlation between coherence and quality.” B Bamberg. 1984. P. 193.

Comment: Coherence and quality make sense. Can coherence be taught to younger students? Or is it simply developmental? RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1985), pp. 183-204.

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