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ERIC Number: EJ1174894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2167-4779
First-Year Cadets' Conceptions of General Education Writing at a Senior Military College
Rifenburg, J. Michael; Forester, Brian
Teaching & Learning Inquiry, v6 n1 p52-66 2018
This study investigates conceptions first-year cadets at a US senior military college bring to general education writing courses, often termed first-year composition (FYC). Using a mixed methods research design, we received survey responses from 122 cadets and conducted semi-structured in-person interviews with four first-year cadets. Our data suggest cadets stress orality, credibility, and clarity when writing for FYC. These conceptions are largely influenced by the cadet's interest and immersion in the Army yet are also strongly influenced by their brief introduction to college-level writing within this compulsory class. We conclude by arguing for two specific avenues of future research into gleaning students' conceptions of courses, specifically arguing both for exploring how conceptions all students bring to the classroom impact moments of transfer and for engaging all students in course design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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