College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA)
Secondary writing, college writing, writing history
English Language and Literature
Washington, Elexcia S., "Bridging the Gap between Secondary Writing Instruction and Post-Secondary Writing Needs" (2021). Masters Theses. 762.
Secondary students across the United States often graduate without the prerequisite writing skills needed for post-secondary education and employment success. This thesis examines the history of U.S. writing instruction and the influential figures that have influenced writing instruction across secondary school classrooms. It also explores the effects of teacher education and legislation like the Elementary and Secondary Education and No Child Left Behind acts on writing outcomes. This thesis also identifies the most effective evidence-based writing interventions before concluding with recommendations and a teacher's guide.