ERIC Number: ED041576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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Experiment and Research in the Use of a Writing Laboratory.
Turner, Geraldine C.
Three sections (two conventional and one experimental) of English 140 at St. Petersburg Junior College (Florida) were used to investigate whether or not the use of a writing laboratory would lead to writing improvement. The laboratory provided scheduled opportunities for writing revision and improvement through peer criticism and tape-recorder playback. For each of the two sessions, the three sections were taught by the same instructor. The course content remained the same for every section, except that, for the experimental sections, a lab period was substituted during one of the three weekly meetings. Students were grouped for comparison by use of their verbal School and College Ability Test (SCAT) score. Evaluation was based on students' final examination papers, which were examined and ranked by disinterested instructors. Results of the evaluation and comparison of the sections produced the following findings: (1) students in the experimental groups performed more consistently and slightly better; (2) since a positive or neutral attitude toward English influenced writing and course performance, the laboratory is considered more beneficial for those students who use it conscientiously; (3) there was some slight evidence that students in experimental sections completed the course with better final grades; and (4) results from both sessions were not significantly different. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida