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ERIC Number: ED172217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Evaluation of Student and Professional Prose.
Freedman, Sarah Warshauer
The hypothesis that professional writers would be judged superior to college students on both holistic and analytic evaluations was only partially confirmed when four teacher-evaluators rated the anonymously submitted compositions of 64 college students and 5 professional writers. On the holistic scale the professionals did not distinguish themselves, although they were rated more highly than the average student (2.65 versus 2.25 on a four-point scale). The professionals did score significantly higher on the analytic scale than the students. Whereas the students received the three highest scores on the holistic scale, the professionals received the three highest scores on the analytic scale. Similarly, the college students usually received the same score regardless of the scale used, while the professionals received consistently higher analytic ratings. The main difference between the two groups' writing styles seemed to be "register," in that students did school writing for a grade by the teacher, and the professionals were not concerned about grades and wrote in a world writing register, aiming at a diverse audience. For this reason, the results suggest that the register of school writing needs to be examined critically and modified by the teaching profession to make it less distinct from world writing, which is the true goal of communication. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)