2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effect of Practice on the Quality of Research Writing
Margaret K. Varty♦
Dr. Barbara Price, Faculty Mentor

This project examines the effects of practice on student research writing, specifically whether writing multiple research papers of gradually increasing length on the same topic will improve the quality of student writing. Students begin by writing a short, 2-3 page research paper over one subject and, over the course of the semester, continue to write two more papers over the same subject, one about 5-6 pages in length and the final paper 8-10 pages in length. Students receive ongoing help in areas of difficulty, such as grammar, thesis statements, and supporting details, as they write these papers, thus giving them the chance to practice and improve those areas. Students also complete two journal entries, one describing their choice of topic and how they plan to conduct their research, and the second evaluating their own writing improvement over the course of the semester.

Keywords: high school writing, secondary English, research writing, writing practice

Topic(s):English
Education
Secondary English MAE Intern Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 405-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 2:30

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