ERIC Number: ED333465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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M.A. Programs in Composition: Existing Courses of Study.
Fontaine, Sheryl I.
A study examined the status of graduate studies in composition at the M.A. level. Open-ended surveys were sent to every M.A.-granting institution listed in "Petersen's Graduate Programs in the Humanities." One hundred eleven surveys were returned (a 39% response). Results indicated that: (1) the average M.A.-granting institution does not offer either a specialization or degree in composition, but does have some composition or rhetoric elective courses available; (2) the degree programs that do exist tend to have been established longer than programs that offer concentrations and tend to have more faculty who specialize in composition; (3) students in these programs were slightly more likely than not to have available either teaching assistantships, readerships, or writing tutor positions; and (4) students who graduate with M.A. degrees or concentrations in the discipline return to or procure teaching appointments at secondary schools or community colleges, seek admission into Ph.D. programs, or become professional writers. Results also indicated that all of the courses identified as central to doctoral programs in composition were also identified by the M.A. programs: composition theory, rhetoric, teaching writing, composition research, and linguistics. Findings suggest that few programs focus on the interdisciplinary, theory-based, socially grounded perceptions that characterize the profession. (One table of data is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Composition Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).