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Tools for Analysis: Journals and Writing Skills

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 May 2020

David M. Brodsky
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Eileen M. Meagher
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Instructors directly responsible for improving student writing skills rely on many techniques, among them student journals, to help their charges master the rudiments of written communication. Instructors in such disciplines as political science, however, may exclude the development of written communication skills from the objectives they hope students achieve. Instead they regularly bemoan their students inability to put together two or three readily understandable sentences on any topic of concern, simultaneously condemning the high schools or English department for failing to teach students how to write.

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Copyright © American Political Science Association 1974

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