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Blog Post 7: Sondra Perl

by ASwystASwyst 19 Apr 2013 01:54

Sandra Perl's The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers not only sheds valuable light on the writing processes of…unskilled college writers, but also on the amount of preparation, planning, and forethought that go into the creation of a methodological study. The study Sondra set out to make was created with three objectives in mind: to determine how unskilled writers write, to determine if their processes can be "analyzed in a systematic, replicable manner", and to understand what implications the findings of the study could mean for education.

The Selzer Study (Or Lack Of)

by BrianWangBrianWang 19 Apr 2013 01:43

John Selzer used an ethnographic study to look at the writing techniques of one specific engineer. Specifically, Selzer shadowed an engineer - Kenneth E. Nelson, an engineer from Chicago - while the engineer was at work. Selzer looked at all writing Nelson produced, including final drafts as well as notes, outlines, and revisions. He also asked Nelson to respond to a series of questions on tape after each writing session; the questions asked Nelson to detail his writing process for that specific session. Selzer also interviewed Nelson at various points during the study in order to clarify details from the tape recordings as well as to ask Nelson about his writing style in general.

Decisions and Revisions of a Publishing Writer Studying a Publishing Writer

by Choonghun LeeChoonghun Lee 19 Apr 2013 01:35

Carol Berkenkotter utilizes a case study, based on the methods used by Sondra Perl to study 5 unskilled writers, but modified to examine a publishing writer.Over a period of 62 days, Berkenkotter recorded Donald Murray, a professional writer (one we have studied in our class), whenever (and wherever), he was working, including car rides, in restaurants, or even in the doctor's office. In addition, she also had Murray sit down and "think out loud" for an hour, and also had Murray reflect on the process on writing in a lab environment.
For the final session, Berkenkotter maintained a physical presence in the room Murray was working in, while Murray said his thoughts out loud.

Selzer's Methodology

by Christopher AebigChristopher Aebig 19 Apr 2013 01:16

In his piece entitled The Composing Process of an Engineer, Jack Selzer attempts to uncover what goes on behind the scenes of the writing processes of scientists and engineers. He begins his piece by citing a study that analyzed the composing processes of twelfth graders, a document which started a trend of studying various writers’ writing habits. He goes on to acknowledge that although much is known about what scientists and engineers do, little has been done to research how they plan out their writing. It is with this in mind that he goes on to propose his own unique study to uncover how engineers write and plan in the workplace.

Unskilled College Writers

by Esme CribbEsme Cribb 19 Apr 2013 01:12

Perl's approach to analyzing her subjects' writing processes is reminiscent of linguistics research; she breaks the process of composing down into its component operations, and uses them as a way of documenting what is partly a cognitive, creative process and partly something that can be measured using, for example, word count. This is an interesting way of standardizing what is otherwise a very personal, individualized process. This sort of irreducible element - rather like a periodic table of writing - makes it possible to break down writing into stages, and examine each sentence on its own for various mannerisms and time spent on it and so on and so forth.

Berkenkotter Methodology - Peter Zupo

by Peter ZupoPeter Zupo 19 Apr 2013 00:59

The piece that I read was “Decisions and Revisions: The Planning Strategies of a Publishing Writer” by Carol Berkenkotter. In this piece, she took the methodology of using an experimental study to discover what she wanted. She took famous author Donald Murray and placed him in a comfortable setting with unlimited time, as opposed to the normal laboratory study with controlled time, to see his habits when forming a piece. She then compared these habits with a scenario where he is placed in a closed room with a limited amount of time. When Murray was in the comfortable setting, she used a voice recorder and told him to speak aloud anything that he is thinking. At the end of the experiment, she had 120 hours worth of tape from a 62-day experiment and then she calculated the percentages of his methods when writing a work. This made the experiment partially quantitative and partially experimental.

Scientific Analysis of Writing

by Sunny AggarwalSunny Aggarwal 19 Apr 2013 00:47

College writers have a varying amount of skill in their writing. A plethora of small studies have been conducted in order to study this systematic behavior of this process of writing a complete piece. Such research was carried out to address the limitations that writing can have on these students. Hence, Sandra Pearls focuses her research on this topic using the students from Hostos Community College of the City University of New York and their writing mediums would produce effective data/results. Such writing works include: individual writing products, composing tapes (for audio match purposes), and responses to interviews. Two of them would be analyzed in this research and discussed in full detail.

Jack Selzer and the Importance of Detail

by Liudi YangLiudi Yang 19 Apr 2013 00:46

Jack Selzer, in “The Composing Process of an Engineer,” takes on the task of studying the thought process of engineers and scientists. He believes engineers and scientists haven’t been studied to see how they go through the process of composing a piece of writing. He had only one subject, Kenneth Nelson, an engineer from Chicago. For the methodology portion of the research, many forms of the subject’s written material were examined, as well as interview answers for before and after the completion of a writing assignment. The actual process of writing was also observed in many occasions. There was also a continuing dialogue, between the researcher and subject, about Nelson’s work and why he chose to write a certain way or why he answered a previous interview question a certain way. In organizing his results, Selzer chose to split the section into the four steps when composing written works: planning and inventing, arranging, drafting, and revising.

Berkenotter and Murray

by Eli HochEli Hoch 19 Apr 2013 00:41

Carol Berkenkotter wrote in her piece that her goal was to find out the mind of writers while they are writing and revising. She had Donald Murray carry around a tape recorder and see what was his process of writing and revising and how he divided up his time while doing so. She then had over a hundred hours of tape playing that basically was just Murray’s thoughts and she had to sort through it all to see what the results of her discussion was. Murray also wrote down what he thought of the process and how it affected his writing and writing process.
The methodology in this study is very meticulous. It involves a lot of time. I don’t think this study will help with my research project since it does not demonstrate the type of methodology I want to be doing. If I was doing this type of methodology, it would help in the fact that it is well formulated in the way the experiment is conducted. Meaning, the way she has Murray do three different types of thinking out loud experiments gives different perspectives on how each type might affect a writer.

Identifying Patterns in the Writing Process

by Kari AndresenKari Andresen 19 Apr 2013 00:38

Sondra Perl tried to discover the source of the obstacles that students confront when writing in her work, “The Composing Process of Unskilled College Writers” by codifying their behaviors while writing. In this essay, she records five case studies that she conducted on unskilled college writers. One case study was analyzed in detail and the rest were summarized in the discussion and data. Sondra created a list of possible behaviors and gave each a corresponding abbreviation with variations in the circumstances and combinations of actions. This code was used to identify the writing process of the case studies by creating a timeline of each subject’s behaviors while they wrote. She used these timelines to find any patterns in the writing processes.

Sandra Perl: Codes which Support

by Jerome AllasJerome Allas 18 Apr 2013 21:49

Sandra Perl is a scholar who conducted an experiment which studied the process of unskilled and untrained writers. In order to obtain the data that she needed, she recorded five students who were told to compose aloud and write four papers about certain prompts. Some of these prompts asked for the writer’s subject knowledge on a subject, while the other prompts questioned the reader’s perspective on a subject — which gave the reader more freedom to explain their own opinion. Perl did not give too much bearing of the finished paper’s quality on the data; instead, she coded every recorded second into a special system which Perl had created herself. She concentrated on the process, and she used it to prove the quality of the product.

The Statement of Purpose

by Christina MoawadChristina Moawad 18 Apr 2013 21:16

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The Composing Process of an Engineer

by Stefanie ReichmanStefanie Reichman 18 Apr 2013 19:39

Stefanie Reichman
Jack Selzer, "The Composing Process of an Engineer"

Jack Selzer, "The Composing Process of an Engineer"

by Yipeng LuanYipeng Luan 18 Apr 2013 19:25

In Jack’s piece “The Composing Process of an Engineer.” He introduced and analyzed the composing procedure of a single engineer. His subject is an experienced engineer in Chicago named Kenneth E. Nelson. Nelson’s writing style is very different or typical from others. Jack’s writing study methodology is qualitative study and he compared Nelson’s context with normal engineers’ writings. In addition, the piece’s object of study is an example of engineering in professional contexts.

Sondra Perl: Coding and Composing

by SteveEricksonSteveErickson 18 Apr 2013 17:37

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How do Engineers view what they do?

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Nancy Sommers and Laura Saltz's Study on Harvard Students

by Minchang KangMinchang Kang 18 Apr 2013 15:29

Nancy Sommers and Laura Saltz conducted a big study on the freshmen of Harvard. In 2001, they randomly selected 422 freshmen and out of them randomly selected 65 to analyze more in-depth. The subjects were to be analyzed throughout their 4 year college career by means of their writing products. They collected immense amounts of written works from these students throughout their 4 years and conducted analyses on them in order to confirm the pattern in writers who garnered more than others during their college life. Their study has both qualitative and quantitative aspects: analyses of written products and surveys and interviews of students for their specific opinions and thoughts in correlations to the analyses, respectfully.

Decisions and Revisions, The Story of a Writer

by (user deleted) 18 Apr 2013 11:34

In, “Decisions and Revisions: The Planning Strategies of a Publishing Writer” Carol Berkenkotter details a study which she did on writer Donald M. Murray. Berkenkotter, Professor of Rhetoric at Michigan Technological Institute, was interested specifically in how writers process and organize information as they compose literature. She proceeded by getting her information by studying the habits, thoughts, and normal everyday processes that Murray went through all day in three stages and over a period of 62 days.

Sondra Perl and Experimental Research

by Medwin ChiuMedwin Chiu 18 Apr 2013 05:38

Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to do a project where I had test subjects carry out a carefully laid out experiment that I’ve prepared. I think it’s the coolest thing ever when you can take data from these experiments because it just seems so tangible and interesting. With this in mind, I guess it’s no surprise that I found Sondra Perl’s “The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers” to be a highly interesting read.

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