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Writing Apprehension and Anti-writing

A Naturalistic Study of Composing Strategies Used by College Freshmen. Distinguished Dissertations

By (author) Linda Bannister
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 077349832X
ISBN-13: 9780773498327
Barcode No: 9780773498327
Synopsis
This is a study of the influence of writing apprehension on individual composing strategies, particularly in the planning component of the process. Two groups of freshmen composition students (high-apprehensives and low-apprehensives) served as subjects. The study reveals that apprehension associated with the forging of ideas elongates planning, while apprehension associated with the fear of evaluation results in postponement and compression of planning. The period of avoiding writing to nurture ideas is here called "anti-writing". Previous research suggests that alleviating writing apprehension is a necessity, but this study aims to demonstrate that apprehension associated with planning - anti-writing - is very valuable.

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