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ERIC Number: ED282216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Writing Activities of Two-Year College Graduates: Implications for Writing Programs.
Cosgrove, Cornelius
Noting that two-year college students view writing instruction with suspicion because they do not perceive a tangible link between developing writing skills and their post-graduate activities, a survey was conducted to distinguish between the functions and forms of graduates' writing and to explore writing performed in contexts other than work. Subjects were 600 graduates of either a large, public, three-campus community college or a small, religious affiliated single-campus institution, both in the Buffalo, New York, area. The survey probed respondents' perceptions of the nature and frequency of their writing and was developed in three formats: one each for on-the-job writing, educational writing, and at-home writing. Only one format of the survey was sent to each third of the sample, so that respondents would not confuse writing activities in one context with those in another. Results suggested that graduates perform a variety of writing activities in all three contexts studied. The data supported the hypothesis that writing is a pervasive life activity. There is evidence that many writing activities differ significantly in frequency depending on the context. The results also suggested that preparing students for the kind of writing performed at work, in school, and at home--regardless of their major programs--seems logical. More than four out of five graduates reporting on their academic writing cited educational experience as most helpful. (AEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A