ERIC Number: ED286180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Writing Instruction in Colleges and Universities: A Survey from 1975-76 to 1985-86.
Thompson, Isabelle K.; And Others
A study examined the types of writing courses currently offered by English departments at major universities, how they have changed over the last 10 years, and whether enrollments have increased or decreased during that period. The English departments at 198 institutions with graduate programs were surveyed; 105 usable responses were received (a 53% response rate). Results indicated that courses in creative writing, composition theory and rhetoric, and writing instruction were the most pervasive courses at the graduate level, with business and technical writing not likely to be available at that level. The required "service" writing courses along with the creative writing and advanced composition courses are the most pervasive courses at the undergraduate level. Freshman composition is almost universal. Even without freshman composition, writing courses are generally more available at the undergraduate level than at the graduate level, with the size of the institution determining the number of offerings. On average, 1.7 of the 2.3 graduate courses are new since 1975, and 3.9 of the 11 undergraduate courses are new. On average also, enrollments in writing courses have increased dramatically in the last 10 years while enrollments in literature courses have remained stable. Results suggest that within the past 10 years, writing instruction has expanded in both variety and size in colleges and universities. (References are attached.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Survey funded in part by a grant from Auburn University and by the English Department of Auburn University.