ERIC Number: ED343636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-10
Classroom Research: Writing Assessment in Paired and Separate History and English Classes.
Messina, Susan; White, Diane
In fall 1991, Solano Community College (California) undertook a study comparing the writing skills of students in an integrated course combining history and freshman English composition with students in unpaired history and English classes. Students were divided into three groups: the integrated class and two control groups, one taking history only and one taking history and composition as separate courses. The results of two essays written in the 4th and 13th weeks by the three history classes were examined. Distributions of essay scores and final grades indicated that the integrated class methodology improved student learning in both writing and history, especially among serious students. The evidence further indicates an increased likelihood of success in history for those students who have already taken a college composition class, and underscores the value of discussing readings in class to effective writing in history. Appendixes contain essay exam questions; essay scoring criteria; statistical test data; tables of means for groups with and without drops; and a list of data gathered for the whole study population. (JSP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Solano Community Coll., Suisun City, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the College Reading and Learning Association Conference (San Francisco, CA, April 10, 1992).