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Davis, Anne S.; Witte, Stephen P. – Research in the Teaching of English, 1980
An analysis of descriptive and narrative passages written by 45 first-semester college freshmen early in the semester suggests that mean T-unit length is not a stable individual trait either within the descriptive mode or across description and narration. (GT)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Descriptive Writing, Difficulty Level, Discourse Analysis
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Combs, Warren E.; Smith, William L. – Research in the Teaching of English, 1980
Experiments conducted with freshman composition students suggested that (1) the repeated use of a control stimulus passage does not result in increased syntactic complexity; (2) both overt and covert cues elicit more complex writing than do no-cue situations; and (3) the effect of overt cues seems to be retained, at least across a short duration.…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Cues, Difficulty Level, Higher Education
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Hughes, Phyllis; Flandreau, Arthur – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1980
Describes the tutorial library instruction program at Berea College which is based entirely on tutorial procedures. (Author/RAA)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Information Seeking
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Worthington, Alan G.; Wong, Paul T. P. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 1979
Effects of actually earned and randomly assigned grades were investigated. Earned grade had minor effects on evaluation of the instructor, but less adequate students were found to show greater evaluation-rating shifts as a function of manipulations performed. Responses made to attribution questions were consonant with reponses to evaluation items.…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, College Freshmen, Course Evaluation, Foreign Countries
Souchek, Russell D. – Improving College and University Teaching, 1979
At Texas A&M University, a diagnostic pretesting system has been developed for use in the Freshman Biology Program. The system provides a profile of student competency levels for students, instructors, and the course coordinator that indicates where the curriculum of methods needs to be altered, and identifies students who need remedial help.…
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Biology, College Freshmen, Computer Programs
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Gordon, Travis L. – Journal of Medical Education, 1979
A 1977-78 annual report on the first substantial decline in applicants to U.S. medical schools during the past quarter century is described. Comparisons are made with activity in 1974-75--the peak year for medical school applicants--to measure the impact on individual medical schools, geographical regions, and applicant subpopulations. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Annual Reports, College Applicants, College Freshmen
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Hardesty, Larry; And Others – College and Research Libraries, 1979
Focuses primarily on summative evaluation of library-use instruction programs, using the development and results of a systematic assessment of such a program at DePauw University. Tabulated statistics and the evaluation instrument are provided. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Freshmen, Evaluation Methods, Library Instruction
Daher, Douglas M.; Weisinger, Ron – Journal of College Student Personnel, 1979
Transition into the college environment involves a range of issues not only for the entering student but also for the parent. The College Survival Test (CST) is a program designed to present a wide range of issues concerning college life that allows focused input by college officials and students. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, Counseling, Counselors
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Faigley, Lester – Research in the Teaching of English, 1979
Tentative conclusions were that controlled sentence practice and sentence combining can increase the overall writing effectiveness and syntactic maturity of college students in a single semester. (DD)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Educational Research, Generative Grammar, Higher Education
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Powers, William G.; And Others – Research in the Teaching of English, 1979
Concluded that compulsory writing generally increased the writing apprehension of college freshmen enrolled in the basic composition course. (DD)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Assignments, College Freshmen, Educational Research
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Walker, P. A.; And Others – Higher Education Review, 1979
The factors influencing student choice of an admission to three institutions are examined. A survey of entering full-time first degree students set out to compare: factors influencing decisions to enter higher education, sources of information which influenced decisions, pattern of applications, and factors influencing final choice. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: Admission (School), College Applicants, College Choice, College Freshmen
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Whitely, Susan E. – Applied Psychological Measurement, 1979
Two sources of inconsistency were separated by reanalyzing data from a major study on short-term consistency. Little evidence was found for generalizability or behavioral predictability. Results supported the assumption that measurement error from short-term fluctuations is not due to systematic individual differences in response consistency.…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Cognitive Processes, College Freshmen, Error of Measurement
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Muskat, Hermine – NASPA Journal, 1979
Describes a research study undertaken to determine the relationship between the educational expectations of college freshmen and voluntary college withdrawal and persistence at Boston State College. Findings indicate sound academic counseling and planning is essential to student retention. (Author/BEF)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, College Students, Dropouts
Russel, John H.; Sullivan, Thomas – Journal of College Student Personnel, 1979
The effect of faculty advisor training on the acquisition of career decision-making skills among first year university students at Memorial University of Newfoundland was studied. The study raises issues concerning the efficacy of faculty advisor involvement in assisting first year students to acquire career decision-making skills. (Author)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Freshmen, College Students, Decision Making Skills
Kuh, George D.; Ardaiolo, Frank P. – Journal of College Student Personnel, 1979
The Omnibus Personality Inventory (OPI) was administered to first year adult learners and to traditional age freshmen from the same multicampus university. Older students exhibited more intellectual and social-emotional maturity. Personality functioning of adult learners at the commuter campus was more like that of younger students. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adults, Age Differences, College Freshmen
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