ERIC Number: ED345490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Academic Writing Task Surveys: The Need for a Fresh Approach.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v1 n2 p101-118 Fall 1988
A study investigated whether the academic writing task surveys conducted at American universities reflect accurately the need for student academic writing skills. These surveys are used as a basis for designing composition courses for both native English-speakers and students of English as a second language. The study is restricted to surveys in the last ten years that have examined undergraduate science and technology writing tasks. Eight major surveys are considered. Five elicited information with questionnaires, and three examined actual student writing assignments. Shortcomings in the surveys are noted, including inconsistency in terms used to identify academic writing genres, inappropriate subject sampling, inappropriate evaluation criteria (writing assignment types such as in-class quizzes and examinations), and classification of writing assignment according to the requisite skills. It is concluded that each discipline is a separate discourse community, academic writing courses should focus on only one discipline. A 27-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the journal as a whole, see FL 019 498.