ERIC Number: ED269780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Change in Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Writing Performance: Quantified Findings.
Haswell, Richard H.
To determine whether the development of writing skills changes across college years, a study examined the writing of average-age college freshmen, sophomores, and beginning juniors. Writing samples were obtained during the first week of the first semester, last week of the first semester, first week of the third semester, and first week of the fifth semester. The method was cross-sectional, resulting in four independent sets of 32 essays each for comparison. A fifth group of essays was added for further comparison: those of older "competent" writers, post-graduates working in a variety of occupations. A total of 128 essays was analyzed using 107 measures in the following categories: overall quality, ideas, support, organization, diction, syntax, and mechanics. The most significant finding was that writing did seem to change during the first two years of college, in varied and substantial ways, toward what may be characterized as competent, more mature writing. (Tables of statistical data and a six-page bibliography are included.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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