ERIC Number: ED300655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Using Technical Writing To Enhance Adult Student Self-Esteem.
Stibravy, John; Muller, John
Short, intensive technical writing classes have been found to have a very positive effect on adult personality, especially in the area of self-esteem. Over the course of several years, groups of high school-educated adult learners who entered college after being out of school for years were found to have their anxieties about reentering school alleviated substantially after they had completed short courses in technical writing. Task-oriented technical writing assignments encouraging students to make use of such concepts as layout, graphics, study, and audience need were found to have the following positive effects in adult learners: a significant increase in self-confidence, an overall improvement in communication ability, a reduction in being manipulated by others, improved analytical ability, and increased control over life circumstances. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference "Teaching Adults: Myths and Realities" (Cincinnati, OH, October 7-8, 1988).