ERIC Number: ED331094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Composition across the Curriculum in Southeastern Alabama and in Suffolk County, England.
Tighe, Mary Ann
A study compared the teaching of composition in secondary British and American schools in the areas of English, social studies, and science. Surveys were returned by 223 teachers in the southeastern Alabama area (out of 310 surveys sent) and by 48 teachers in Suffolk County, England (out of 87 surveys requested). Low response from teachers in England limited the comparisons to those across the curriculum in America and between English teachers in America and England. Results indicated that: (1) teachers relied heavily on transactional writing; (2) most English teachers were teaching and assigning writing for a limited audience--the teacher--and for a limited purpose--to convey information; (3) in American schools, teachers across the curriculum emphasized expository writing with a focus on organization; and (4) American students were also writing for a limited audience--the teacher--who gave the final evaluation. (The survey instrument and four tables of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama; England; Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).