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ERIC Number: ED423534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
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Beyond the First Year Writing Classroom: Exploring the Ways Students "Really" Write.
Teague, Deborah Coxwell
A study examined whether students actually used the composition processes they learned in their first-year college writing classroom when they leave the classroom. Subjects were 200 Florida State University students--a mixture of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from a variety of majors during fall semester 1997. Subjects were asked to respond to three writing prompts. Results revealed that 10% indicated that they almost always use a process approach to writing; 48% said they frequently use some of the techniques they were taught in their first-year writing classes; 27% stated that once they left their freshman composition classrooms, they did not use any of the components of the process approach to which they had been exposed, and 15% were never taught writing as a process--their teachers required only one draft, the final draft. Of this group, 46% of the freshmen indicated that they do not use any components of the process approach, and that percentage dropped to 34% among sophomores, 18% among juniors, and 8% among seniors. Findings suggest that 38% of the freshmen, 50% of the sophomores, 48% of the juniors, and 56% of the seniors all use some of the techniques that they were taught in their first-year writing classes. (Survey findings are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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