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ERIC Number: ED264726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Simulation or Reality? A Group Project in Writing.
Cumming, Alister
A small group of college students studying writing in English as a second language was assigned a written report on the university's contributions to the community. The required tasks included compilation of data, delivery of oral reports, composition of the research report, group communication, revision of drafts, documentation of sources, and peer editing. The assignment was made in the form of a fictitious letter from the university president requesting that the recipients form a committee to prepare a joint report on the subject. The letter outlined a tentative working schedule and provided supporting documents. The students chose to work independently on a study of the different faculties and to combine their findings into a full report later. Class meetings were spent outlining strategies, discussing problems and methodology, and giving progress reports. The assignment had the multiple advantages of providing motivation for students to work on a joint project while focusing on their own individual writing development, using useful technical writing skills, and learning more about their academic fields. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A