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ERIC Number: ED140753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Yale College Freshmen: How Well Do They Write?
Hackman, Judith D.; Johnson, Paula
To discover what basis may exist for criticism of colleges for poor student writing, and to answer several related questions, a study of the writing of Yale College freshmen was undertaken in the spring of 1976. One hundred and seventy-three students participated voluntarily. Four kinds of information were collected: (1) ratings of an essay according to six categories of writing; (2) student responses on a questionnaire about past writing experience, current courses, Yale courses that had helped them, and future English course plans; (3) grades in freshman English courses; and (4) precollege test scores on the English Composition Achievement Test, Scholastic Aptitude Test-Verbal, and the Test of Standard Written English. Bases for selecting students to participate in the study were: whether or not the student had taken a freshman English course, SAT-V level; and sex. Essays were read by graduate-level English students and a faculty member. It was found that: complaints about student writing are in general not justified; about 20 percent of the students may need a freshman English course; low scores on standardized tests are an indication of the need to take a freshman English course, but alert teachers are important as well; and one particular Yale course produced student writers whose scores in the study were highly consistent with their course grades. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.