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The Content of Composition Courses [microform] / Andrew E. Robson
Bib ID 5494046
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Robson, Andrew E
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1988 
20 p. 
Summary

The battle over whether literature or composition should dominate English instruction is the consequence of a perception that composition instructors who do not use literature as their primary source material have nothing substantial to offer in its place. A survey of 19 colleges and universities in New York revealed that institutions with a majority of students scoring above 500 on the verbal SAT prefer to use literature in freshman composition, while those whose students on average score below 500 prefer other approaches, generally emphasizing basic writing skills. Only two of the respondents indicated that the use of literature in freshman composition was controversial. Although findings suggest that college composition could become central to the production of graduates who can not only read and write but also know something about the world, focusing on literature as a vehicle for composition misses the fact that using literature in this way is not always appropriate. An opportunity exists for college composition courses to develop writing and reading skills while offering a unique overview of the realities of the world-at-large, a truly across-the-curriculum notion. (RS)

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May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College English.  |  Course Content.  |  Course Objectives.  |  Educational Philosophy.  |  English Departments.  |  Freshman Composition.  |  Higher Education.  |  Literature.  |  Test Results.  |  Writing Across the Curriculum.  |  Writing Skills.  |  English Teachers
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Reports, Research.
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