ERIC Number: ED319342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Writing of Ferris State University Students: A View Across the Curriculum.
Alexander, John; Cullen, Roxanne
A 1985 study of students at Ferris State University (Michigan) found that the majority of freshmen improve their writing abilities from their beginning English course to the end of their freshman year, with ability levels changing little after that. In the current study, graduating seniors were studied to evaluate growth in writing throughout the undergraduate experience. The study examined the correlation between writing ability and the following variables: academic retention, age, sex, grade point average, major, scores on the American College Test, and grades in writing courses. In addition, case studies were conducted of seven seniors, involving three interviews and writing samples. Results showed no correlation between writing performance and academic retention or age. Females outperformed males in writing performance, and significant correlation was also found between grade point average and writing performance. Appendices contain student interview materials, transcripts of interviews with seven students, and writing samples of the seven students. Includes 34 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Ferris State Univ., Big Rapids, MI. Dept. of Languages and Literature.