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ERIC Number: ED082741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 84
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A Study of Freshman Composition Programs in Texas Two-Year Institutions of Higher Learning.
Schustereit, Roger Clinton
A study of the three aspects of composition in freshmen English programs with regard to five groups of students in Texas two-year institutions of higher learning was conducted. The three aspects of composition were the aims, forms and media; and the five students groups were transfer, terminal technical/commercial, adult and remedial. Aims were defined as explanation/thesis, persuasion, creativity and self-expression. Description, narration, exposition, and argumentation were the forms. Media included writing, speech, art/photography and dramatization/film. A 70-item questionnaire was constructed and sent to 60 two-year Texas schools. Thirty-eight schools participated. Raw responses were converted into percentages, and mean and standard deviation were computed for the analysis of the three parts of composition in regard to the five student groups. Results included the following: (1) for 63 0/0 of those responding, over half of their program was concerned with transfer students; (2) 99.4 0/0 reported composition assignments with the aim of explanation/thesis, 92.8 persuasion, 75.6 creativity, and 85.2 self-expression; (3) 91.6 0/0 indicated assignments utilizing description, 79.2 narration, 98 exposition, and 92.8 argumentation; (4) all respondents reported written composition assignments; 84 0/0 used speech, 28.2 used art/photography, and 33 dramatization/film. It was concluded that most of the data was valid, with certain exceptions. (Author/KM)
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Note: Master's Degree, University of Texas, Austin