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ERIC Number: ED422815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-20
Pages: 19
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Evaluating Freshman Composition: A Multimethod Approach. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Wambach, Cathrine; delMas, Robert
A study evaluated a new freshman writing course offered to students at the University of Minnesota who were underprepared for study at a major research university. In the fall of 1997 it was proposed that all freshmen be placed in for-credit, strengthened, basic writing courses rather than placing certain students in non-credit, pre-college-level remediation courses. The study then examined course completion rates, students' attitudes toward the courses, students' performance in future courses, and growth in student writing. At the end of the first year, 87 percent of students had successfully completed the basic writing course. Additionally, when students were asked to compare the basic writing course with similar high school courses, the results showed that they were completing the basic writing course because they felt challenged and not because the course was easy. A review of students' grades in other writing courses found that students taking the basic writing course were well prepared for future composition courses. And student papers rated by trained raters showed that students were performing important writing tasks at the expected level. The study concluded that the new writing program was achieving its goal of preparing all freshmen for basic writing at the college level. (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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