ERIC Number: ED358774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Writing Skills for College Students.
Jones, Elizabeth A.; Tibbetts, Stacy
This paper reviews studies concerning writing skills at the college level. These skills are examined within discussions concerning cognitive abilities, features of the written product, the various aspects involved in the writing process, and the mastery of specific genres and forms. It is observed that some studies draw their information from tape-recorded statements made by writers while they were writing, or the use of surveys of college graduates working in business, or the use of researcher-conducted studies of student texts, or surveys of college writing instructors. While each of these research methods has drawbacks, nearly all researchers would agree that successful writers should be able to understand their readers, their purpose, and the type of image that they are trying to convey through their writing. Writers should also be able to organize their material, provide necessary examples, logically connect their ideas, be willing to collaborate when writing, and be willing to critically evaluate the form and content of their writing. It is further understood that the writer must have the ability to use a specific form or type of writing to fit the needs of a particular communication situation. Contains 38 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.