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ERIC Number: ED122281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 116
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A Comparative Study of the Effects of Different Methods of Teaching Writing Skills to Students in a Community College.
Collins, Gertrude Alyce
The main purpose of this study was to measure the effectiveness of two different methods of instruction on community college students' achievement in the mechanics of composition (capitalization, punctuation, and grammar/usage) and spelling. This study was also concerned with changes in self-esteem, attitudes toward the method used in each plan, and the relationship between reading ability and achievement in each group. The two methods of instruction were Plan A, which consisted of the use of programmed texts and four composition assignments, and Plan B, which consisted of lecture, discussion, and a writing laboratory. A pretest on the California Achievement Test-Language Section, a writing sample, and a self-esteem questionnaire were administered once and the attitude questionnaire three times during the semester. It was concluded that since an almost totally programmed instruction method (Plan A) can be as successful as a teacher-oriented approach which uses programmed materials for part of the content (Plan B), it is evident that the amount, use, and kind of programmed materials can be varied without loss of achievement. (Author/TS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Boston College