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Master of Arts in Education
Daniel J. Richie
This paper is a study of a means of improving the instruction of composition. It is a comparison of the Bay Area Writing Project Method to the Traditional Writing Method. An experiment was conducted using a treatment group that was taught composition through the Bay Area Writing Project Method and a control group that was taught composition through the Traditional Writing Method. The results were two-fold. Statistically, there was not a significant difference in post-test scores on a holistically graded composition, but if one considered the number of students showing improvement and the increased mean score, the Bay Area Writing Project Method was the better. The experimenter concluded that the Bay Area Writing Project Method is an improved method of instruction, but more research should be done to identify those aspects of the Bay Project that are most beneficial.
Black, Nancy, "The Comparison of the Bay Area Writing Project and Traditional Composition Methods" (1981). Theses. 359.
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