Presentation Title

The Write Factors: How Nature, Nurture, Culture And Environment Impact Student Writing

Mentor

Phyllis Benay and Cynthia Glover

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 102

Abstract

The goal of this research project is to expand tutors’ understanding of the many variables that influence our ability to write. In a semester long research based project we focused on the impact of the following areas: nature, nurture, culture, and the environment. We learned about the biological basis of language skills which is affected by both our genetic and innate abilities/disabilities. Additionally, we discussed the literature linking parental habits and teacher attitudes with student learning. In order to gain a new appreciation of how individuals communicate, we explored cultural backgrounds and how they influence our choices in words and styles of writing. Equally important for our overall understanding is how atmosphere and physical space influence the activity of writing. All of this research provides us with a context for better understanding the complex relationship between students, instructors, tutors and the creation of written text.

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The Write Factors: How Nature, Nurture, Culture And Environment Impact Student Writing

David F. Putnam Science Center - 102

The goal of this research project is to expand tutors’ understanding of the many variables that influence our ability to write. In a semester long research based project we focused on the impact of the following areas: nature, nurture, culture, and the environment. We learned about the biological basis of language skills which is affected by both our genetic and innate abilities/disabilities. Additionally, we discussed the literature linking parental habits and teacher attitudes with student learning. In order to gain a new appreciation of how individuals communicate, we explored cultural backgrounds and how they influence our choices in words and styles of writing. Equally important for our overall understanding is how atmosphere and physical space influence the activity of writing. All of this research provides us with a context for better understanding the complex relationship between students, instructors, tutors and the creation of written text.