ERIC Number: ED204813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research on Writing: Apprehension, Quality, and Audience.
Richardson, Edgar M.
A study was conducted to examine the relationship between apprehension and the quality of writing when that writing was aimed at a distant and at a familiar audience. Fifty-eight freshman English students from a two-year college were given a questionnaire to assess their level of writing apprehension. They were then asked to write two in-class essays, the first to a television station manager (distant audience) and the second to a friend, relative, or spouse (familiar audience). The essays were evaluated for writing quality, syntactic maturity, and coherence. The analysis of data revealed no significant relationship between apprehension and the quality of writing in either of the two essays. However, the results did show a significant difference between the quality of writing in the essay aimed at the familiar audience and that aimed at the distant audience, without regard to apprehension. The syntactic maturity scores for the distant audience essays were significantly higher than those for the familiar audience essays. Conversely, the coherence scores for the distant audience essays were lower than those for the familiar audience essays. (The writing apprehension test, coherence measures, and indicators of audience awareness are appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Syntactic Maturity; Writing Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).