ERIC Number: ED243126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Some Characteristics and Writing Problems of Technically Oriented Students.
An understanding of the writing problems and personalities of some of the technically oriented students at Michigan Technological University may help others who teach similar students. Although their scores on aptitude tests are high, these students have had very little experience in writing. In addition, the majority of the students have had very little experience or interest in reading. Many have read only required school texts, popular magazines, newspaper features, or comic books. Therefore, when they are asked to read the relatively sophisticated literature selections used to stimulate writing in freshman composition classes, they are often unable to understand or interpret the material. Many of the students also tend to be naive and unsophisticated, rigid and literal in their thinking, or uncommunicative and inarticulate. Politically conservative, they seldom question the status quo and are accepting of the conventional wisdom and established authority. Students also misinterpret the meanings of words because they have never seen them in written form. Another problem is their literal interpretation of assignments. In spite of these problems, however, the students are also logical, hardworking, conscientious, and eager to succeed, and, therefore, receptive to instruction. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan Technological University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).