Better Revision in Eight Minutes?
Prompting first-year college writers to revise globally
December 2006 | Published by PsycARTICLES
Abstract: Two experiments examined the relation between revision and task definition among college students in writing courses. In Experiment 1, students who were prompted to make global revisions to their own drafts of college application letters improved their drafts more than students who were not prompted to make global revisions. Results of Experiment 1 extended results of D. L. Wallace and J. R. Hayes (1991), who found the same effect for students who were prompted to revise texts they had not written themselves. In Experiment 2, the subjects were college students in at a basic level of writing (as measured by low SAT verbal scores) They were also prompted to make global revisions, but unlike the students in Experiment 1, they did not improve their revisions. Together, results of these two experiments suggest that the prompt to revise globally may be effective in helping entry-level college writing students improve their texts (the prompt seems to have encouraged them to make better revisions) but that it is not effective in helping basic-level college writing students revise. To access the full article, click here.