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ERIC Number: ED255918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Writing Expectations.
Weiser, Irwin
An 18-item survey was distributed to 308 faculty members at Tennessee Technological University to elicit information about the kinds of writing students are expected to do in courses both inside and outside the English department, the relative importance of writing in various courses, and the specific expectations faculty members have concerning writing. Responses were received from 47% of the faculty members. Their responses indicated that in most introductory courses writing was limited to short-answer exam responses. Short documented-research papers were likely to be required of upper level students' papers. Most respondents indicated that part of the student's grade was determined by written work, and the majority considered outlines to be part of the preliminary process of writing, but not part of the final product. Most required subheadings and other divisions in formal writing, but few assigned a specific grade percentage to correctness, and many overlooked minor writing flaws in work written under the pressure of a time limit. Poor spelling, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences were perceived as serious problems in writing. The kinds of writing done within each discipline was surveyed to enable the English department to plan specialized writing courses. Many indicated a need for students to learn library research techniques, and most felt the students did not write well enough to suit them. (A copy of the questionnaire is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Tennessee Technological University