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ERIC Number: ED033104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Preference Scaling of Titles in English Composition.
Jackson, Lorraine Morlock
Journal of Educational Research, v61 n9 p395-97 May-June 1968
To learn what essay titles appealed to seventh grade students, 40 female and 52 male California students rated each of 100 essay titles according to their interest in writing a composition based on that title. Also, the study was designed to contrast the title preferences of male, female, intellectually-bright, and intellectually-dull subgroups within the seventh grade population. Results revealed that (1) seventh grade students definitely preferred certain essay titles, particularly those related to their adolescent subculture, (2) males generally preferred titles involving sports, science, and animals, whereas females preferred titles covering a great diversity of subject matter, and (3) less intelligent students preferred concrete and personally relevant topics, whereas the intellectually bright students preferred more abstract titles concerning complicated issues. The study implied that since students' attitudes toward writing are significantly affected by the title assigned, teachers should consider the diversity of the class, as well as the educational objectives of the assignment, when choosing a theme topic. (MP)
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