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ERIC Number: ED141834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The Santa Barbara County Experiment on Individualizing Ninth Grade English Composition: The Kates Method.
The effectiveness of the Kates method of teaching composition, which involves regular, sequential writing assignments and teacher/student conferences, was investigated using an experimental group of 142 ninth-grade students in six classes and a control group of 78 students in two classes. The experimental classes wrote approximately 14 essays in class during the course of the semester and engaged in five-minute conferences on alternate weeks. The control group was less structured, completing 10 to 12 paragraph-writing assignments, in and out of class; they received grades for only four or five assignments and had no conferences. An essay pretest and an essay posttest were administered to all students and were scored by an outside reader for content, organization, mechanics, and sentence structure. Analyses of results indicated gains in most areas tested, but only for the experimental classes. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara County Schools, CA.; Writing Teachers In-Service Program, Cypress, CA.