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Discovering perceptions of the essence of college-level writing: Transcendental phenomenological inquiry in a Midwestern community college
by Jones, Nathan B., Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 178; 10141526
Abstract (Summary)

The perceptions of six community college faculty members about the qualities of college-level writing were explored in a series of guided interviews conducted at Prairie Community College (a pseudonym) located in the central time zone of the United States. The study examined the perceptions of the six faculty members with regard to important characteristics of college-level writing, acceptable multiple discourses within college-level writing, and perceptions of faculty members from different academic disciplines about college-level writing. Interview data were analyzed through the lens of transcendental phenomenology.

The results showed that the six community college faculty members differed greatly by academic discipline about what they perceived college-level writing to be. The English faculty members believed that college-level writing consists of grammatically correct sentences presented within essay structures. However, faculty members of biology, economics, and mathematics were much more open in their perceptions about what could be accepted as college-level writing.

The results of the study suggest a need for dialogue among faculty members of different disciplines within community colleges about the characteristics of college-level writing and what community college students need to learn to become successful college-level writers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rafoth, Ben
Commitee: Deckert, Sharon K., Savova, Lilia
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Rhetoric
Keywords: College-level writing, Community college faculty, Midwestern community college, Perceptions, Transcendental phenomenology
Publication Number: 10141526
ISBN: 978-1-339-96886-5
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