An Evaluation of academic writing materials at the tertiary level : a case study of three universities

Barut, Kenan
This post-use evaluation research aims to investigate the appropriacy of academic writing materials to contextual needs, and to investigate the essential considerations concerning these materials. This case study was conducted with the participation of program designers, teachers, and students at three universities in Hungary, Turkey, and Oman. A unique checklist was developed to evaluate the materials. The data collection process consisted of questionnaires and interviews. The results concur with findings in the literature regarding the benefits of using computer-mediated communication in the writing class, the need to combine process and product pedagogies, the necessity of having discipline-specific themes, and the need to provide students with more guidelines and input. Interestingly, contrary to the literature, the students do not seem to benefit from peer feedback; they value teacher feedback more. Furthermore, despite their increasing role in writing, there are few collaborative writing activities in these materials. The quantitative and the qualitative data also demonstrate that the program designers and the teachers consider in-house writing materials more appropriate than global materials, since they were developed in view of the learning context and the specific requirements. However, neither global nor in-house materials are regarded as motivating and attracting for the students. There are relatively new areas for further research as a result of these findings: the role of free writing in EAP and the ways to manage mixed language levels of the students. All these findings are expected to provide insights to researchers and practitioners in the fields of writing and materials evaluation.
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K. Barut, “ An Evaluation of academic writing materials at the tertiary level : a case study of three universities,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.