ERIC Number: ED178946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Writing Component in a Freshman Remedial Program at a Community College.
Edmonds, George F.
A study was conducted to evaluate the writing component of the Catonsville (Maryland) Community College Advancement Studies Program (ASP), a comprehensive plan of three core courses for developmental students. The study's nine hypotheses focused on general improvement of ASP student writing abilities, the specific areas of such improvement, and the effects of reading ability on ASP/non-ASP student writing abilities. Both experimental (ASP) and control groups of students completed pretest and posttest writing assignments during one semester. Each group was evaluated for total writing skills, quality of ideas, development of ideas, and writing style. The results led to the rejection of all nine hypotheses. Supporting data indicated that the ASP students mastered basic grammatical skills and mechanics but did not show significant improvement in their abilities to organize, develop, and stylistically present their ideas in writing. Based on these findings, three recommendations were made: to expand ASP instruction to a full year; to develop specific mastery learning criteria for each ASP course; and to examine the writing components of other developmental programs, especially those that used student writing samples in evaluation. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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