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ERIC Number: ED044406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 170
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Generative Rhetoric: An Analysis of Its Influence on the Writing of College Freshmen.
Hardaway, John Mitchell
To determine whether significant differences exist between a class taught generative rhetoric and a class taught traditional methods of writing, a strategy was developed for teaching the generative rhetoric of the sentence and the paragraph in a first-semester composition course composed of average students. The 56 subjects were randomly assigned to one experimental and one control class. For 6 weeks, approximately 30 minutes of each class period were used to instruct the experimental group in generative rhetoric. Students read excerpts from famous authors and did pertinent exercises. The control group analyzed sentences and paragraph development by conventional standards. At the end of the 6-week period, students in both the experimental and the control groups were asked to write two descriptive papers on an assigned topic. The better of these papers was chosen for evaluation by a panel of five judges. Although there was no statistically significant difference between the experimental and the control groups in any of the areas tested, when the mean scores on the five criteria--focus and structure, content, sentence construction, fluency, and general impression--were observed, the means for the experimental group were somewhat greater in every case. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University