Date Approved

4-17-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

English language--Writing--Study and teaching (Secondary)

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This report describes the process used, for an urban high school with a student population of approximately 1,250 students, to investigate the existing writing programs offered to students. The preliminary research indicated a 10% decline in the number of students who pass the writing component of the New Jersey High School Proficiency Test.

Proposed preliminary investigation strategies include (a) interviews with writing teachers, regular English teachers, and teachers in other academic disciplines; (b) a review of documents such as district writing test results, courses of study, individual student writing reports, and grade point averages and English course grades; (c) observations of writing instruction; (d) surveys of students to assess their attitudes toward writing instruction along with the amount and required types of writing assignments; and (e) a continued review of the research and literature on writing instruction and related fields of study.

In response to the information acquired during the preliminary investigation an intervention strategy may be proposed to improve, modify, or expand the writing programs offered at Millville Senior High School.

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