ERIC Number: ED151852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
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A Study of Freshman Composition Curricula.
Head, Ronald B.; Wilson, Paul T.
After the historical background and the contemporary issues of freshman composition program evaluation are discussed in this document, six models for composition instruction are described (grammar and composition, linguistics, literary, essay, radical, and editing), and taxonomies for each model are outlined. These taxonomies are compared to data from a survey of composition programs at fourteen colleges and universities, providing a critical analysis of each program's content, scheduling procedures, and evaluation/assessment methods. Although most of the programs emphasized the expository prose model, recent trends in program development reflect attention to contemporary issues: a shift from literary toward essay models, a shift from essay toward editing models, and increased emphasis on conferences with individual students. The concluding section focuses on future research and assessment needs within the context of this study's theoretical framework and preliminary findings. Appendixes provide a sample of the questionnaire and a list of questions to be used when evaluating composition programs. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at University of Virginia