ERIC Number: ED209675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Adult Writers: Some Factors That Interfere with Effective Writing.
Aldrich, Pearl G.
In an effort to identify some factors that interfere with effective writing in adult writers, a three-page questionnaire was administered to 165 adults, most with technical degrees, who worked in the Washington, D. C., area. Respondents were top to middle management personnel who spent a significant portion of their time on the job writing and who were responsible for originating substantive written documents. After a tabulation of the findings, the questionnaire was refined and administered to an additional 89 people from other business groups. The original questionnaire consisted of 20 questions--13 asking for information about the respondents' background and how they write, and the remaining 7 asking the respondents to manipulate the language. Results indicated that the majority of respondents did not know that they needed to make preparatory decisions before starting a writing task, or, if they did know, how or when to make them. From the second questionnaire it was determined that many of the respondents had negative feelings about writing. From this survey it appears that lack of knowledge about the value of preparation and no method by which to do it are at the root of adult writing problems. These problems cause adults to be anxious, defensive, and reluctant to approach their writing tasks until the last minute, with the result that they produce disorganzied and ineffective writing. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Writing Apprehension