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ERIC Number: ED364909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of College Writing Skills: Have They Deteriorated?
Madden, D.; Laurence, D.
A study investigated whether college students' writing skills have deteriorated in recent years. Writing samples from upper-level undergraduate or first-year graduate courses from 1956 (at a public university), 1965 (at a private university), and from 1978 and 1993 (at a private college) were examined. Samples were analyzed for errors in spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation as well as for style. Results indicated that college students' writing ability has declined. Findings suggest that this decline in writing skills and the debate about how and where to offer instruction must end; otherwise, there may be no one left who has enough knowledge of the structure of the English language and sufficient writing skills to provide the necessary instruction and guidance to reverse the trend. (Two charts of data are included; 17 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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