A pre-instruction questionnaire was used with two small group writing classes at Goodwill Industries of the Miami Valley, Inc. (Ohio). The questionnaire was designed to provide as much information as possible about the students' knowledge and background in writing. The survey had four purposes: determine what kinds of writing students currently did or had done in the past, identify what types of writing interested the students, get each student's view of his/her writing, and determine whether students had thought about what personal goals they wanted to achieve by completing the course. Five categories of questions were included. The first set of questions were "types" questions that gave a sense of the students' experience with writing and types of writing. The second group were"likes/dislikes" questions in which students identified what they liked and did not like about writing. The third group included "comfort level" questions that determined how comfortable students felt writing. The fourth category contained "self-analysis" questions in which students thought about themselves as learners, writers, and goal setters. The final two questions were general questions--one that asked if the student had ever kept a diary or journal and another that asked if students received a newspaper at home. Results of the questionnaire helped the instructor plan and teach the class.
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Bardine, Bryan, "Using Pre-instruction Questionnaires to Improve the Small Group Writing Class" (1998). English Faculty Publications. 70.