Technology in the Composition Classroom
A Study by Elizabeth Cater Childs and Jill Parrott
ENGL7050: Computers and Composition
Dr. Michelle Sidler, Spring 2005
In order to understand the results better, we collected demographic data on each student surveyed. There were 76 students total who took part in our study, and we asked their age, gender, year in school, and area of major.
Age and Year in School
At Auburn University, ENGL1120 (English Composition II) is a required core course and a prerequisite for the core literature courses; therefore, most students take it in the second semester of their first year or early in their second year. The pie charts below illustrate that this was certainly the case in our classes:
Figure 1: Year in School Figure 2: Age
Figure 1 shows that 82% of the students surveyed were either 1st or 2nd year students, and Figure 2 shows that 75% were either 18 or 19. This indicates that the majority of our students are traditional students—that is, they graduated high school and came directly to college.
Figure 3: Gender Distribution
Although Mrs. Childs’ students
were divided almost evenly between males and females (51% and 49%,
respectively), Ms. Parrott’s classes
were predominately male, with
females making up only 27% of
students surveyed from her
classes. Figure 3 illustrates the
overall gender distribution.
Area of Major Figure 4: Area of Major
A full 67% of the students
surveyed were either in the
School of Engineering, the
College of Liberal Arts, or
the College of Business.
The College of Liberal Arts
has the largest enrollment
of all the colleges and
schools at Auburn
Because most undeclared
Students are classified
As Liberal Arts students.
So our sample, with 27%
Business, was actually
atypical of the overall