ERIC Number: EJ719284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 52
Different Values, Different Skills? A Comparison of Essay Writing by Students from Arts and Science Backgrounds
Studies in Higher Education, v30 n5 p517-533 Oct 2005
This article reports the findings of a 3 year research project which investigated disciplinary variation in student writing. Within an Open University course in the history of science, students from an arts background were found to achieve significantly higher grades than those from a science background. Textual and interview data suggest that differences in their essay writing may be related to differences in disciplinary culture and epistemology. The results thus support the hypothesis that students' writing is shaped by their disciplinary background, and call into question the extent to which communication skills are transferable across disciplinary contexts.
Descriptors: Open Universities, College Students, Writing Skills, Communication Skills, Individual Differences, Intellectual Disciplines, Communication Research, Comparative Analysis, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Epistemology, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom