ERIC Number: ED335707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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The Subtleties of Writing Apprehension; Fitting the Pieces Together.
Walsh, S. M.
A study investigated students' attitudes about writing, in order to gain new insights into writing apprehension. The Daly-Miller Writing Apprehension Test and 2 open-ended questions were administered to 202 students from public and private colleges and universities in California. Results indicated that highly apprehensive students generally want to be helped; they want to grow to be more skilled and capable. Results also indicated that the more apprehensive students actually enjoyed letter writing and other forms of personal writing more than the less apprehensive ones, suggesting that apprehensive writers should be encouraged to follow their inclinations to engage in journal writing and other forms of personal writing. It is clear from this research that it is extremely important for teachers to commit themselves to the creation and maintenance of a positive environment, and to dwell on positive aspects of virtually every student composition, emphasizing progress and the possibilities of future successes instead of reinforcing expectations of failure. Seventeen references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Writing Apprehension Test (Dely and Miller)