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ERIC Number: ED466747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 288
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Trade Readjustment Act Women in Developmental Writing: Preparing for Education and Retraining.
Hall, Katherine Lelia
This is a qualitative study of four women receiving assistance through the Trade Readjustment Act (TRA) and who were enrolled in a developmental writing course. The TRA provides money to displaced workers for the purposes of retraining them to reenter the workforce. The four women in the study were nontraditional students and displaced garment workers from the Appalachian region. The purpose of the study was to see if the women's writing improved over the course of the semester, based on employers' expectations and rubrics specially designed for identifying elements of good writing. Upon close analysis of the women's writing, improvements in the writing based on participation in the developmental writing class were identified. Additionally, based on interviews, participant observation, and analysis of the writing samples, it was determined that the women's confidence in themselves as writers also increased as a result of the participation in the writing class. Implications of this study address the appropriate role of developmental writing programs in higher education. Appended are developmental test scores, teacher and student consent forms, employers' expectations, writing course plan, scoring rubrics, exit interview questions, and participant essays. (Contains 101 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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