ERIC Number: ED267451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan-31
A Survey of Engineers: Writing Attitudes and Productivity.
Arfken, Deborah E.; Henry, Jim M.
A study examined attitudes toward writing that affect productivity and the extent of their influence. Subjects, 160 engineers practicing in the Chattanooga, Tennessee region, completed a questionnaire concerning writing attitudes, including anxiety and confidence, and levels of productivity. Findings show that confident engineers produce significantly greater amounts of written work, that years of education and years of employment correlate positively with productivity, and that the engineers in the study rarely revise their first draft, preferring to make corrections as they move along. The results suggest that the surveyed engineers are confident writers who consider themselves to be highly productive, who possess a traditional orientation toward the writing process, and who are characterized by a need for immediate control. The questionnaire is appended. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 30-February 1, 1986).