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Wolcott, Willa – Journal of Basic Writing, 1996
Argues that the evaluation of a basic writing program can demonstrate a program's effectiveness and can be useful in opening up a dialog among the instructors. Describes an evaluation program that combines a variety of writing assessments (essays, a multiple-choice editing test, and portfolios assessment) that provide a comprehensive examination…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Curriculum Evaluation, Editing, Higher Education
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Wolcott, Willa; Buhr, Dianne – Journal of Basic Writing, 1987
Explores developmental students' attitudes toward writing as a reflection of their writing performance. Finds that the skills of students with positive attitudes toward writing improved significantly more than did those of students with neutral or negative attitudes. Includes a student writing attitude questionnaire and a questionnaire analysis…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Higher Education, Negative Attitudes, Performance Factors
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Wolcott, Willa – Journal of Basic Writing, 1994
Presents a longitudinal study of six basic reading and writing students at the University of Florida that traces student progress. Demonstrates that several students experienced progress over a more than three-year span, although improvement was neither linear nor extensive. Identifies growth of metacognitive awareness among students. (HB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Basic Writing, Case Studies, Cognitive Processes