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ERIC Number: ED239253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The SPICE Center at Bluefield State College. Final Report.
Roberts, David Harrill
The writing center at Bluefield State College (West Virginia) is called the SPICE Center, SPICE being an acronym for Self Paced Instruction for Competency in English. In addition to emphasizing skill acquisition and flexibility, it stresses face-to-face evaluation of written work, and places heavy emphasis on writing as process instead of writing as product. To determine the center's effectiveness, instruction in the SPICE Center and in Southern West Virginia Community College's Individualized Learning Center was compared with conventional classroom instruction at the two colleges. The effects of the two modes of instruction on writing quality, the students' concepts of the nature of the writing process, and writing apprehension were compared in a pretest-posttest experimental design. Results revealed no significant differences between the two groups in both holistic scoring of writing samples and mean T-unit lengths. These results might suggest that teaching methods are not of central importance in the teaching of writing. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: SPICE Center WV; Writing Laboratories