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ERIC Number: ED003384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 59
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EFFECT OF WRITING FREQUENCY UPON PROFICIENCY IN A COLLEGE FRESHMAN ENGLISH COURSE.
WOLF, MELVIN H.; AND OTHERS
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE WAS TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS THAT WRITING PROFICIENCY IMPROVES AS WRITING FREQUENCY INCREASES. THE SECONDARY OBJECTIVE WAS TO ESTABLISH A CORRELATION BETWEEN GRAMMATICAL AND MECHANICAL ACCURACY AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE WELL. TO THIS END, 6 EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE FRESHMAN SECTIONS WERE ESTABLISHED, EACH 2 SECTIONS WRITING 20, 8, AND 4 THEMES RESPECTIVELY. ESSAYS FROM DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS WERE GRADED AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR UPON--(1) CONTENT, (2) ORGANIZATIONS, (3) DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS, (4) STYLE, AND (5) MECHANICS. WHILE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE TEST ESSAYS DID NOT SUPPORT THE HYPOTHESIS, BOTH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TAKING PART IN THE STUDY FELT THERE WAS IMPROVEMENT. ANALYSIS ON THE BASIS OF OBJECTIVE TESTS DID SHOW, HOWEVER, A SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION BETWEEN MECHANICAL ACCURACY AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE WELL. FURTHER RESEARCH WAS CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR DEFINITE RESULTS WHICH COULD BE USED IN IMPLEMENTING REFORM OF THE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE COURSE. (PM)
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst.
Identifiers: MASSACHUSETTS; Massachusetts (Amherst)