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ERIC Number: ED119203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 146
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The Impact of Composition Grading on the Attitudes and Writing Performance of Freshman English Students.
Wagner, Eileen Nause
This study examined the impact of letter grading on student attitudes toward composition in freshman English. One treatment group received letter grades on twelve compositions written during the course of the study and the other group received no letter grades. Both groups were treated identically in all other ways, including the use of positive comments on all papers. Treatment was linked to change in attitude as measured from pretest to posttest on a Semantic Differential scale and on an original attitude test, Writing on Writing. All change in attitude was linked to change in writing performance as measured by the STEP Writing Test and a writing sample evaluated according to a scale suggested by Earl Buxton. Conclusions were that in the presence of positive comment on compositions, the presence or absence of letter grades does not significantly affect change in attitude or writing performance and that attitude change does not correlate significantly with performance change. (Author/JM)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia