ERIC Number: ED198534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Write Occasion. Collaborative Research Study No. 1.
Woodworth, Patrick; Keech, Catharine
Produced as part of a collaborative research project in which classroom teachers teamed with university-based research assistants to explore questions raised by the teachers in the course of their work with students, this monograph deals with the issue of "occasion." Following a review of theory and research about aspects of occasion that seem to affect student performance, the second section of the monograph describes a particular writing experience that produced outstanding writing and offers insights into reasons for the assignment's success. It also offers writing samples produced by students at different levels of ability and motivation. The third section of the monograph reports on a research project undertaken to discover whether performance on a writing test could be improved by specifying the audience and how a test occasion might be affected by different audience conditions. The fourth section compares the test writing that students did for the research project with the writing they had completed for their English class during the year. It also looks at the question of how a "sense of occasion" might influence performance and how teachers might best create good writing occasions. Appendixes include samples of student writing, three versions of a writing topic, and sample test papers showing holistic scores and analytic ratings. (HOD)
Descriptors: Assignments, Class Activities, Educational Research, English Instruction, High Schools, Motivation Techniques, Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Research
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($3.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Bay Area Writing Project
Note: Prepared by the Bay Area Writing Project.