"Differences in Text-Based Analytical Writing across Four Levels of Community College Composition Courses"
APPAM Regional Student Conference
Claremont Graduate School
March 9-10, 2018
Presentation Title: Differences in Text-Based Analytical Writing across Four Levels of Community College Composition Courses
Author: Jane Nazzal
Writing is a critical lifelong skill that can impact students’ academic and economic trajectories, particularly for those who are underprepared. Despite national efforts to accelerate underprepared community college students through the composition sequence to transfer-level courses, it is not known whether these efforts provide students with the instruction and support needed to succeed. In this preliminary study, a writing assessment was administered to students in four levels of composition courses. Papers were analyzed across levels and compared with the writing of secondary students on the same assessment. Four features of high-scoring papers were identified. Further analysis may suggest direction for targeted instruction at both the college and secondary levels.