Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Bressler


For the past two decades, research in the teaching of writing has been examining writing as a process rather than the traditional rhetorical product. This positioning and public concern that students are not writing as well as they once did have led many high schools and colleges to establish writing laboratories where students in need of writing instruction can get a diagnosis of their writing and where a lab instructor will then prescribe exercises or techniques to improve the individual student's writing. Many businesses, too, have been unhappy with the poor quality of their employees' writing and have hired consultants to diagnose the problems in employee writing and to present workshops to improve the writing. This diagnostic approach to the teaching of usage and mechanics in writing is well documented in the research of Mina Shaughnessy (1977).


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College in the University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1988 Mary Jane Meehan.