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ERIC Number: ED260446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-18
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effect of Developmental English Students' Perceptions about the Importance of Writing on Their Performance in Composition Classes.
Wolcott, Willa
A study was conducted to determine whether a relationship existed between developmental English students' perceptions of the usefulness of writing in their lives and their performance in composition classrooms. Students enrolled in the developmental English course and the companion writing center course completed a writing attitude questionnaire. At the end of the term, students' attitude scores were examined in light of the progress they had made in both courses. This progress was measured by a pretest and posttest of editing skills, and an in-class expository essay. The 65 students were subsequently grouped into the following categories according to their test results: (1) 30 students improved on both the editing and the essay tests; (2) 17 students improved on the editing tests but declined in their essay scores; (3) 14 students improved on the editing test but showed no change in essay scores; (4) two students declined on the editing but improved on the essay; and (5) the two remaining students showed no improvement on either test. The results indicated that students' perceptions of the usefulness of writing have little bearing on their writing performance. The writing attitudes of the group that improved on both measurements did not significantly differ from the attitudes of those students who showed either no change or a decline in their writing. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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