Think in Ink
Georgia Southern University

Impact: All Traits

  • Student writing was scored on a rubric based on five levels, with level three representing acceptable quality writing and level five representing exceptional quality writing within the context of professional standards and audience.
  • The graph above shows the percentage of students who scored 3.0 and above for each trait in the first course of the 2015-2016 cohort of programs and a subsequent course in 2017-2018 from the same cohort of programs.
  • The table below shows the means for each trait in the first course of the 2015-2016 cohort of programs and a subsequent course in 2017-2018 from the same cohort of program. Significance and effect sizes of the statistical comparisons are also provided.

All Traits: Comparison of Means

Student Learning OutcomeTraitMean (Y1)Mean (Y3)SignificanceEffect Size
Communicating a Clearly Defied PurposePurpose2.983.05 .024
Pursuing a Substantial or Compelling InquiryAssignment requirements2.742.88< .001.24
Reasoning2.762.92< .001.29
Identifying, evaluating, and selecting credible evidence or relevant examplesQuality of details2.892.90 --
Quantity of details2.872.94 .016
Organizing Ideas and information consistent with the purposeOpening2.872.97 .011
Coherence devices2.782.92< .001.28
Paragraph construction2.802.91< .001.20
Closing2.642.80< .001.23
Demonstrating a nuanced understanding of audience and word choiceAudience2.883.07< .0001.32
Word choice2.953.02 .003
Adhering to acceptable mechanical, structural, and format style guidelines Sentence construction2.893.02< .0001.26
Conventions2.913.01< .001.20
Format2.942.94 --
Y1 = Year 1; N = 816
Y3 = Year 3; N = 568

Last updated: 12/6/2018

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