ERIC Number: ED060829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Factors Accounting for the Variance in Junior College Students' Composition Writing. Final Report.
Cohen, Arthur M.; And Others
This study explores growth in written composition in the community college by using a group-devised scoring key to score pre- and post-compositions. The study was conducted in three community colleges in Southern California with each student's writing ability being measured by pre- and post-compositions written during the first and last weeks of an 18-week semester. No significant changes in writing ability were detected in this study through a comparison of pre- and post-means for the total sample, or for any of the three colleges, as indicated by a t-test for correlated samples. An analysis of the individual score changes indicated that almost all student scores changed slightly during the semester. In essence, this study supports the use of a cooperatively developed scoring key to reduce rater bias. It does not supportthe assumption that community college students improve their writing skills following 18 weeks of instruction in composition. (Author/MN)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. School of Education.