Error Monitoring Strategy
Author(s): Jean B. Schumaker, Susan M. Nolan, and Donald D. Deshler
Publication Info: University of Kansas
The Error Monitoring Strategy can be used by students to independently detect and correct errors in their written work to increase the overall quality of their final product. Instruction stresses the importance of proofreading written work for content and mechanical errors and eliminating those errors before work is submitted. This strategy also includes the development of personal strategies to avoid future errors. Research results demonstrated that students who mastered this strategy dramatically increased their ability to find and correct errors in their written products. Before instruction, they were making one error in every four words. After instruction, they made only one error in every 20 words.