ERIC Number: ED040703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
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Is Anyone Learning to Write at NCACC?
Krupka, John G.
Northampton County Area Community College (Pennsylvania) studied changes in student writing ability using a research paradigm described in the ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges' fifth topical paper (ED 030 422). Students in seven English classes were randomly assigned to write on one of two topics at the beginning of the semester, and asked to write on the other topic at the end of the semester. Evaluation proceeded by mixing pre- and post-writing samples, and then distributing them for grading, in accordance with a 22-item rating sheet. Samples were identified by a student code number that did not indicate whether they were pre- or post-writing samples. The "t" ratio for related sample means was used to investigate any significant differences between mean scores, and writing strengths and weaknesses for pre- and post-writing samples were compared. Also, 49 of the 87 students studied did not provide a post-writing sample because of withdrawal or other absence. Their writing strengths and weaknesses were compared with those who took both the pre- and post-tests. Finally, the students who did improve their scores were compared with those who did not. While the research procedures and scoring system indicate that the students as a group did not learn to write better, such factors as student absences, motivation, and measuring instrument validity will be further investigated through a replication of the study. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Northampton County Area Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania