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ERIC Number: ED046919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 82
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Factors Affecting Differences in Quality and Style of Writing in College Freshman Examinations.
Underwood, Jean Louise
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of instruction methods and choice of textbooks or teaching materials on the quality and style of writing found in college freshmen English examinations. Eighty male, native English-speaking students (40 taking courses in technical report writing at Oregon Technical Institute, 40 studying standard English composition at Southern Oregon College) constituted an "adjusted" group whose College Entrance Examination SAT scores ranged from 372 to 626. Twenty students from each school constituted a matched group, with SAT scores from 372 to 573. Of 300 words graded on each examination, 25 "errors" were carefully defined, explained, and recorded, and an objective grade for each paper was established. The nine most popularly sold College English Handbooks were then analyzed, and the percentage each textbook devoted to each "error" was recorded. Results showed that (1) there is no difference between the writings of freshmen studying standard English composition and those studying technical report writing, and (2) there is no difference between the writings of freshmen using one of the nine best-selling freshman English composition texts and those using visual aids supplemented by various other materials. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon