Students Basic writing skills and technique
Article Review of You Can Lead a Horse to Water but You Can’t Make Him Edit: Varied Effectsof Feedback on Grammar across Upper-Division Business Students Basic writing skills and technique are quickly becoming lax in today’s business world. In Wilson, Provaznik and Pigeon’s 2018 article You Can Lead a Horse to Water but You Can’t Make Him Edit: Varied Effects of Feed
In their article, Wilson et al. (2018) investigate how feedback on writing mechanisms in business students’ coursework can develop better grammatical skills as they move on from educational institutions into the working sector. With this study objective, it was observed that first-year students were confident in their grammatical skills. As the students developed in their coursework, they depended on computerized software for grammatical and spell-checking error correction (Wilson et al., 2018). In the study, five distinct grammatical errors were present when students presented their coursework; namely, homophone errors, errors in sentence fragmentation, errors that involved comma-splicing, misspelling of words in sentences, and coordinating comma conjunction errors (Wilson et al., 2018). The study was conducted following two drafts that students presented in a coursework assignment.
Wilson et al. (2018) found that confidence and optimism amongst students in their writing abilities influenced them to overlook grammatical errors committed while writing. Although this was true, the study also proved that students overwhelmed by the content of the assignment fixed fewer errors before submitting their assignments (Wilson et al., 2018). While addressing this, Wilson et al. (2018) also found that feedback was an important motivator for understanding their grammatical errors, correcting them, and handing in quality coursework.
While the study underpins the importance of writing feedback to students in improving their grammatical writing errors, it leaves room to further explore better writing skills for business students. Firstly, the study should encompass all levels of students to know who is struggling and who is not (Wilson et al., 2018). Secondly, increasing the responses students give on feedback about their writing abilities will ensure better graduates motivated with proper grammatical writing skills.
In conclusion, the article intentionally gives the scope that feedback is important to the students in boosting their writing abilities and the mastery of basic writing skills by students and helps them avoid grammatical errors as they transition between school and work-life after graduation.
Wilson, T., Provaznik, W., & Pigeon, N. (2018). You Can Lead a Horse to Water but You Can’t Make Him Edit: Varied Effects of Feedback on Grammar across Upper-Division Business Students. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 180–197.