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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report     March 1990

TR 41. Evaluating Text Quality: The Continuum from Text-Focused to Reader-Focused Methods

By Karen A. Schriver

Summary: Noting that even experienced writers often need help in diagnosing text problems, Schriver discusses the strengths and limitations of three methods for evaluating text quality: (a) text-focused (including computer-based stylistic analysis programs), (b) expert-judgment-focused, and (c) reader-focused. She concludes that reader-focused approaches offer the best opportunity for detecting problems in a text. March, 1990; 36 pages.

TR 41. Evaluating Text Quality: The Continuum from Text-Focused to Reader-Focused Methods
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