Reading and Writing

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 743–775

Adolescent students’ reading during writing behaviors and relationships with text quality: an eyetracking study

  • Scott F. Beers
  • Thomas Quinlan
  • Allen G. Harbaugh

DOI: 10.1007/s11145-009-9193-7

Cite this article as:
Beers, S.F., Quinlan, T. & Harbaugh, A.G. Read Writ (2010) 23: 743. doi:10.1007/s11145-009-9193-7


This study employed eyetracking technology to investigate adolescent students’ reading processes as they composed and to explore relationships between these reading processes and text quality. A sample of 32 adolescent students composed narrative and expository texts while eyetracking equipment recorded their eye movements. Eye movements upon a computer monitor indicating reading processes during composing were coded according to their position in the emerging text, and were coded as: reading at the point of inscription (monitoring recently composed words); local reading (reading recently composed sentences); global reading (reading paragraphs); or prompt reading. It was hypothesized that two reading during writing behaviors, global reading and local reading, would be related to text quality. Results of the multinomial multilevel logistic regression analysis indicated significant relationships between two reading processes (local reading and reading at the point of inscription, but not global reading), composing rate, and text quality.


Writing processesAdolescent writingReading during writingEyetrackingText quality

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott F. Beers
    • 1
  • Thomas Quinlan
    • 2
  • Allen G. Harbaugh
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationSeattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Seattle Central Community CollegeSeattleUSA