Monday, May 9, 2011

Research: Revision

Question: How do expert and inexperienced writers revise?

Answer/Quote: “…the expert writers read through the entire text to identify major problems and then focused on improving the whole text. In contrast, the novice writers began making changes immediately and proceeded to search through the text for local errors.” P. 58.

Comment: An interesting difference in approaches to revising. I wonder what would happen if students were instructed to read through the whole text of their drafts before beginning to revise. This research suggests that these instructions would make a significant difference in the success of students’ revision. RayS.

Title: “Redefining Revision for Freshmen.” DL Wallace and JR Hayes. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1995), 54-66.

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