ERIC Number: ED209677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Analytic and Synthetic Approaches to the Teaching of College Writing.
Witte, Stephen P.; Faigley, Lester
This report provides information drawn from a study that compared two components of the freshman English program at the University of Texas at Austin. The first chapter of the report contains background material and describes the two course components--the analytic option, which emphasizes writing skills in the context of complete pieces of writing, and the synthetic option, which works from individual discourse parts to paragraphs to complete essays. The second chapter discusses the research design and procedures, while the third chapter analyzes some features of high and low quality student essays. Chapters four and five offer comparisons of essays written by students in the analytic option with those written by students in the synthetic option. Chapter six discusses the influence of writing apprehension on student performance in freshman composition, and chapter seven outlines the predictors of writing quality and course grades. The final chapter places the study in the larger context of writing research conducted at other universities and presents a summary of the study's findings, its limitations, and its implications for teaching and research. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Dept. of English.
Identifiers: Freshman Composition; University of Texas Austin