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ERIC Number: ED140339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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What Johnny Can't Write: A University View of Freshman Writing Ability.
Newkirk, Thomas R.; And Others
It is regularly claimed that the quality of writing done by college freshmen is declining. This study attempted, through the use of questionnaires and interviews, to determine what specific freshman writing problems English teaching assistants and English professors at the University of Texas viewed as most serious. Questionnaire results showed serious concern for the lack of precision and detail in student writing, for failure to proofread and revise, for failure to use transitions, and for failure to organize information effectively. In the interviews, professors stressed the importance of students using a personal voice in their writing and the importance of students writing for their peers. Professors also argued that a greater amount of writing should be done by high school students even if all the writing were not graded by the teacher. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at University of Texas, Austin