ERIC Number: ED482142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-19
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In Their Own Words: Assessment To Understand the Dynamics of College Retention.
Elkins, Hope; Buckingham, Tom; Cochran, Lynn
This preliminary study, focusing only on writing analysis, is part of a larger longitudinal study that will be used to develop an effective instrument to predict college retention. The methodology arose from a psychological model created by John Bean (2001) to ascertain "academic fit" in the college setting and a psycholinguistic model developed by James Gee to explain acculturation through the use of language management and positioning. The participants were four second semester freshmen and four second semester sophomores who submitted learning essays as a course exercise. Findings from the preliminary study show a positive correlation between twp students' high first person pronoun counts and extrinsic locus of control. The results seem to indicate that language analysis can be a viable predictive tool. To contextualize the preliminary study, an overview of the longitudinal study is offered. An appendix contains a writing prompt. (Contains 2 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, October 15-19, 2003).