ERIC Number: ED110129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul-31
An Evaluative Study of Student Improvement in Writing Skills as a Function of Learning Experiences in a One Semester English Fundamentals Course.
Schaumburg, Gary F.
Two one-semester English courses, English 50.1 (English Fundamentals), concentrating on sentence construction, and English 50.2 (Basic Writing Skills), concentrating on paragraph development, were devised at Cerritos College (California) in an attempt to improve the effectiveness of the old English 50 (Grammar and Composition), which had combined grammar, composition, and literature. Students scoring in the lowest third on the College English Placement test were placed in English 50.1, while those scoring in the middle third were placed in English 50.2. This study evaluates the degree of student improvement in basic grammar and writing skills as a function of English 50.1. Results, based on multiple-blind pre- and post-paragraph testing of 172 students who completed the course, indicated that 69 percent of the students improved in writing ability, 25 percent decreased in ability, and 6 percent stayed the same. The author concludes that the course improved student writing ability, specifically, ability to eliminate mechanical errors and faulty sentence structure. It was further concluded that the traditional approach of combining the teaching of English grammar, literature, and writing into one semester is not as effective in improving student writing ability as a program that divides the work into two one-semester courses. The author reviews the literature from similar research and details the methodology used in this study. A table of results, the course outline, and a bibliography are appended. (Author/JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA. Office of Institutional Research.