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ERIC Number: ED038384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 5
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Variables Distinguishing Between Effective and Ineffective Writers in the Tenth Grade.
Donelson, Kenneth L.
Journal of Experimental Education, v35 n4 p37-41 Sum 1967
To provide data for examining the variables that distinguish effective writers from ineffective ones, 1821 mid-west 10th-grade students wrote three themes at 3-week intervals. From a first reading of these papers, the sets of three themes from 432 pupils, which were judged strong or weak in effective writing, were submitted to four judges for further evaluation. Students in the final groups of 124 effective and 127 ineffective writers were asked to fill out questionnaires of 68 items on their family and personal lives. Scholastic aptitude and academic status were also taken into account. Results indicated that (1) effective writers had parents with more formal education and lived in homes of higher socioeconomic status that ineffective writers; (2) effective writers were more likely to be female, younger, college-oriented, widely-read, and willing to write about their personalities and self-concepts than were ineffective writers; (3) effective writers engaged in music activities and favored academic courses while ineffective writers preferred vocational courses and liked English class least of all; (4) effective writers owned more books, wrote more for personal pleasure, and disliked grammar study more than ineffective writers; (5) writing effectiveness correlated with scholastic aptitude and academic status. (LH)
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