Appendix

SURVEY OF WRITING ENHANCED COURSES: STUDENTS

(REVISED—FALL 2003)

 

Course: _____________________ Status: Fr___ Soph_____ Jr____ Sr____

 

Is English the first language you learned at home? Yes_____ No_______

 

1. How would you assess your writing abilities at the beginning and end of this course?

Beginning of the course:

a. highly skilled, little need to improve

b. skilled, but needing improvement

c. needing much improvement

End of the course:

e. highly skilled, little need to improve

f. more skilled, but still needing improvement

g. still needing much improvement

2.. My writing has improved through the writing assignments in this course.

a. Strongly agree

b. Agree

c. Disagree

d. Strongly disagree

 

3. Compared to non-writing intensive courses I'm currently taking in which writing is required, I'm spending

a. More time on my writing assignments in this WRITING ENHANCED course.

b. Less time on my writing assignments in this WRITING ENHANCED course.

c. About the same amount of time on my writing assignments in this WRITING ENHANCED course

 

4. The writing assignments in this class have helped me learn the content of this course.

a. Strongly Agree

b. Agree

c. Disagree

d. Strongly Disagree

 

5. What parts of your writing have improved from taking WRITING ENHANCED courses? Circle all that apply.

a. Grammar

b. Punctuation

c. Planning the Paper

d Spelling

e. Proofreading

f. Organizing the Content

g. None

 

6. What additional parts of your writing have improved from taking WRITING ENHANCED courses? Circle all that apply.

a. Using specific examples/details

b. Understanding audience

c. Using appropriate vocabulary for course

d. Revising the rough draft

e. Stating the main idea

f. Following the professor's directions

g. Including appropriate content

h. Research writing skills

i. Your grades on writing assignments

j. None

 

7. Which activities, if any, have helped you to improve your writing in this course?

a. Getting feedback from your professor

b. Revising your writing assignments

c. Reading assigned materials

d. Going to the Writing Center

e. Participating in classroom discussions

f. Completing your writing assignments

g. Getting feedback from other students

h. Conferencing with your professor

i. No activities have been helpful

8. Which activities have helped you to learn the content of this course?

a. Being assigned a variety of writing assignments

b. Getting responses to your questions

c. Conference with professor

d. Working with other students in class

e. Studying with other students outside of class

f. Participating in classroom discussions

g. Writing about the content

h. Reading assigned materials

i. No activities have been helpful

 

Please circle the number that best reflects your thinking on a scale of 1(strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).

9.      I believe I will have to write in my career. 1 2 3 4 5

 

10.  Writing is/will be important for my major. 1 2 3 4 5 My major is_________________

 

11.  I think it's important to write about course material in order to learn it and better understand it. 1 2 3 4 5

 

12.  I want to continue to improve my writing skills. 1 2 3 4 5

 

13.  I rate myself as a (poor, fair, good, excellent) writer. Circle one

 

14.  I have gotten feedback on my writing from professors before receiving a final grade in my other non-composition courses. 1 2 3 4 5

 

15.  I have gotten feedback on my writing from peers in my other non-composition

courses. 1 2 3 4 5

 

16.  I appreciate getting feedback on my writing from others. 1 2 3 4 5

 

17.  I have had the opportunity to revise my written work in other non-composition courses. 1 2 3 4 5

 

18.  I spend a good deal of time writing and revising my essays. 1 2 3 4 5

 

19.  I have used multi-media technology for writing or communications projects such as

PowerPoint presentations, Blackboard, Web pages, audio or video recordings.

1 2 3 4 5

 

20.  What suggestions would you give about using writing to improve your understanding of course content?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. What suggestions would you give about helping to improve the quality of your writing?

Note: This appendix is from to the article "Architects of Change: Writing Enhanced Course Program Development and Core Reform," by Linda Anstendig, Eugene Richie, Shannon Young, Pauline Mosley and Bette Kirschstein, available at https://wac.colostate.edu/atd/articles/pace2004/.