ERIC Number: ED232167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Writing in Various Disciplines.
Duke, Charles R.
Four hundred faculty members in the six different colleges at Murray State University, Kentucky, were surveyed to determine students' attitudes toward writing, faculty members' perceptions of student writing ability, and faculty members' use of writing in their own disciplines. Tentative conclusions from survey findings suggest that faculty members: (1) strongly support both the basic freshman composition requirement and the emphasis upon writing in general education courses; (2) endorse upper division writing courses; (3) accept responsibility for teaching writing skills in their own disciplines, but would like to learn to use writing more effectively in teaching concepts; (4) see students as having major problems in controlling their subject matter and editing their writing; and (5) express concern about their students' writing difficulties and offer help during the composing process. Indicating faculty commitment to writing excellence, the survey results suggest that measures to strengthen the university's writing program--such as establishing a committee to enhance the quality of student writing and increasing interdepartmental communication on instructional practices--would receive strong faculty support. (A copy of the survey instrument is appended.) (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Murray State University KY