Freshman Composition Is Not Teaching Key Skills in Analysis, Researchers Argue

Students in first-semester composition classes are routinely assigned to write a research paper, but this exercise rarely succeeds because they do not yet grasp how to analyze their sources, say the chief researchers of a multi-institutional study of college students' citations.

"We need to be teaching analysis, and a lot of it," Rebecca Moore Howard, professor of writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University and co-principal investigator of the Citation Project, said in an interview.