ERIC Number: ED054160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Feasibility Study to Determine the Possibility of Teaching Freshman Composition and Rhetoric with a Programmed Text. Final Report.
Lutz, William D.
The question of whether a significant amount of time could be saved if freshman composition were taught with a programed text was studied. Two sections of English I were randomly selected from the regular class schedule. Class A was taught using the usual syllabus and texts. Class B was taught using the same syllabus and texts with one exception. In Class A, the rhetoric text used was "Modern English Handbook" (MEH), whereas in Class B the rhetoric text used was "Programmed College Composition" (PCC). Both classes were conducted in the same manner except for the approach used in teaching writing. The PCC demanded that the student write more than did the MEH. Since the PCC text required many written assignments, more time was required of the instructor in reading written assignments and analyzing them in class. The PCC also required more time for class participation on the part of the instructor as he had to independently work out the exercises. The PCC text required more time on the part of the instructor and the student, and thus did not prove to be a work saver. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Universities Consortium of Research Development, Stevens Point.