ERIC Number: ED199710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Why Graduate Students Can't Write: Implications of Research on Writing Anxiety for Graduate Education.
Bloom, Lynn Z.
A major cause of writing anxiety among graduate students is their previous academic success. Graduate students are also plagued by their multiple roles and ambiguous situations, the mixture of dependence and independence, and freedom and responsiblity--all of which create tensions and problems particular to their writing. Graduate schools can offer help by (1) establishing programs that incorporate thesis and dissertation research into the course work, (2) providing realistic but firm deadlines for the completion of courses and graduate degrees, (3) providing more information about research methodology and writing, (4) explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various organizational formats typical of papers in the student's discipline, (5) telling students what the faculty expects in breadth and depth of research investigation, (6) helping students to schedule their time and effort realistically, and (7) keeping the students accountable to their timetable. Students can help by communicating continually with their professors; by asking the professors to help establish a time schedule both for submitting work and receiving commentary; by arriving at a clear understanding about the scope, emphasis, and length of the dissertation; by showing a preliminary draft of each chapter; by working at the campus or designated research facility; and by striving to attain a realistic balance between efficiency and perfection. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).