ERIC Number: ED203326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Writing Apprehension in Required Freshman Composition and Upper-Level Writing Courses.
Schultz, Lucille M.; Meyers, G. Douglas
A pilot study was conducted on the student characteristics associated with changes in student writing apprehension. Data were collected from 300 students in freshman composition courses and 300 students in advanced (junior year) composition courses. These students completed the Writing Attitude Questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of their writing courses. No significant differences in initial (pretest) writing apprehension were found for men and women, for students in freshman versus junior courses, or for different college majors. Comparisons of pretests with posttests revealed significant reductions in student writing apprehension, regardless of student's college major, course level, and sex. A positive relationship was found between writing apprehension and the amount of writing that students anticipated in their chosen careers. There was a decrease from pretest to posttest in the percentage of students with high writing apprehension scores and increases in the percentages of both students with moderate writing apprehension and students with low writing apprehension. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Advanced Composition; Freshman Composition; Writing Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).