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ERIC Number: ED179968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
What Should We Tell Student Writers?
Crew, Louie
Over 100 academic administrators, professionals in English, and writers responded to a request to annotate a sample paragraph written by a college student at a minimum skill level. Responses varied to extreme degrees in several areas, with letter grades ranging from B to F and annotations ranging from declaring the student's situation hopeless to expressing the student's potential and need for understanding and direction. Sixty-six percent of the respondents annotated the composition itself, 5 percent responded only with letter grades, and 29 percent commented only in a space provided with no marking on the composition. Other responses tallied covered kinds of comments, classifying the student as to ethnic background, the validity of placing the student in a college level English course, praising the student, and criticizing the assignment. Responses also indicated that administrators were more thorough annotators than nonadministrators, professionals in English were more lenient than nonprofessionals, and writers showed little contrast with nonwriters. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, MN, April 5-7, 1979)