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Title:Writing Instruction: Students' Perceptions of Its Meaning and Merit
Author(s):Janello, Pamela S.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to determine if there were qualitative differences between better and weaker writers with regard to previous writing instruction; perceptions of writing assignments; writing strategies; valuing of writing; and benefits of feedback from conferences, peer evaluations, and written comments.
The study examined ten college freshman, five better and five weaker writers, through intensive interviews. The interviews were conducted in relationship to a required rhetoric course.
There were no differences between the better and weaker writers in valuing writing, perceptions of assignments, positive attitudes toward conferences, negative attitudes toward written comments, and benefits found in peer evaluations. The two groups did have noticeable differences in previous writing instruction and in writing strategies.
The conclusions of this study are that writing instruction can be improved through changes in course design, course implementation, and evaluation format. A design based on the process approach, implementation through a workshop style, and evaluation through conferences would have positive benefits.
Issue Date:1985
Description:178 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521791
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985

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