Question: Are teachers’ purposes for comments and the actual comments consistent?
Answer: “Study of think-aloud protocols and interviews of composition teachers found that commenting processes do not often support stated composition intention.” NM McCracken. 1985. P. 201.
Comment: In other words, what teachers say in their comments does not support their intended purposes for the comments. I’m not sure what that means. Right about now, I would appreciate a study categorizing teachers’ comments on writing. I’m sure it’s out there. I’m guessing the comments are “end comments” in which the teacher summarizes the student’s needs in order to improve. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1986), 198-215.