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ERIC Number: ED511846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
(Inter)Views: Engaging Freshmen in Primary Research in the Composition Classroom
Webb, Adam
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While literacy autobiographies, citizenship autobiographies, and family narratives are common first writing assignments in the freshmen composition classroom, they are usually followed by some kind of research proposal, annotated bibliography, or research essay. While there is nothing wrong with literacy and citizenship autobiographies or family narratives, do these kinds of writing assignments prepare students for the transition to conducting academic research that usually begins with secondary sources? This study offers an alternative approach by introducing students to academic research and writing by teaching them strategies in conducting primary research. This approach involves having students develop a professional resume and conduct a series of three semi-formal interviews with individuals within their majors, careers, and future professions. Students then write reflections for each interview and then synthesize the information and knowledge they have gathered into one final reflection document. The study that follows is a mixed method design, involving quantitative and qualitative data from a survey conducted online. The study was conducted at the University in West Texas during the spring semester 2010. The duration of the study lasted approximately six weeks and involved two composition classrooms with 25 students per class. The following are appended: (1) Choice 1: Spring Semester 2010 Writing Assignments #1; (2) Choice 2: Spring Semester 2010 Writing Assignments #1; (3) Writing Assignment #1: The Resume Grading Rubric; (4) Writing Assignment #2: The "Interviews" Grading Rubric; and (5) Survey. (Contains 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas