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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report    

TR 59. Constructing a Research Paper: A Study of Students' Goals and Approaches

By Jennie Nelson

Summary: This study considers the processes involved in writing an academic research paper. Nelson studied twenty-one college freshmen enrolled in an introductory cognitive psychology class to determine how students understood the teacher's research paper assignments, whether students took extensive notes and produced multiple drafts, and whether these "high-investment" reading and writing processes led to higher-quality papers. February, 1992; 16 pages.

TR 59. Constructing a Research Paper: A Study of Students' Goals and Approaches
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