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ERIC Number: ED452182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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Improving Pre-Service Teachers' Writing: A View from Students.
Goodnough, Gary E.; Keefe, Susan; Mealey, Joseph; Curtis, Ingrid
This article describes efforts by Plymouth State College (PSC), New Hampshire, to improve the writing deficiencies of otherwise qualified candidates for teacher education programs. The study examined students' perceptions of writing at PSC, which uses an integrated model to improve writing. Writing is assessed during first-year orientation. Students scoring below a certain level are required to enroll in specially designed sections of English composition. These special sections are smaller than typical compositions classes and have a graduate assistant assigned to them. They use a Writing Center as part of their compositions class. Faculty advisors provide support and monitoring throughout the student's program. Through early identification and intervention, student writing concerns are systematically addressed and supported. Participating students completed a survey on their perceptions of: the degree to which faculty and courses worked to improve their writing; their use of support services; opportunities provided by education courses for improving their writing; themselves as writers; and the importance of writing in connection with their career goals. Students perceived that their writing development was enhanced by the course's frequent, meaningful writing assignments, which were carefully read by faculty who in turn provided timely, substantive feedback. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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