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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report    

TR 55. Writing from Sources: Authority in Text and Task

By Stuart Greene

Summary: In this study, fifteen undergraduates in a European history seminar were asked to write either a report or a problem-based essay, integrating prior knowledge with information from six textual sources. Analyses of the student essays as well as think-aloud protocols and reading-writing logs revealed that the groups differed significantly in their interpretations of the two tasks and in their approaches to restructuring textual information; students writing problem-based essays included significantly more content units in their essays than students writing reports. October, 1991; 32 pages.

TR 55. Writing from Sources: Authority in Text and Task
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