ERIC Number: ED446694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Writing across the Curriculum Works: The Impact of Writing Emphasis upon Senior Exit Writing Samples. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Ridley, Dennis R.; Smith, Edward D.; Mulligan, Roark
The writing skills of 71 college seniors were assessed at a medium-sized public university. Blind scoring, a standard scoring guide, and trained graders were used. Curricular writing emphasis was assessed through a syllabus study, yielding a curricular emphasis score. The academic records of these students revealed the number of courses taken in each discipline, and a weighted sum was derived for each student with weighting by the percent of syllabi for courses taken that showed "strong emphasis" in writing in each discipline. Controlling for entry-level skill in writing, writing score and curricular emphasis were highly correlated. Implications for assessment practice are discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) (25th, Sacramento, CA, November 16-19, 2000).