One of our projects this summer is the Longitudinal Writing Study that Tara has been working on. Here is what she has to say about it:
"Work on the Longitudinal Writing Study (LWS) began steadily through the first part of the summer until the end of June hit. After a few bumps in the road (i.e. finding a few research flaws, backtracking to correct them, and the researcher’s inability to read), it is mid-August and progress is slow.
I am swimming in data and charts, trying to provide helpful analysis and commentary for Coe faculty. But the end is in sight.
For anyone wondering, the LWS is a long-term study looking at the writing program at Coe and more specifically, student perceptions of it. Year one has been completed with a database of collected surveys, interviews and writing samples/reflections from students. Plans for year two are currently underway and will begin to be implemented with the arrival of new and returning students.
Next stop: Presentation at the Midwest Writing Center Association Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota."