عنوان مقاله [English]
This study was carried out to identify the problems of learning to write composition faced by the guidance school students in Khuzestan Province (Iran), in the aéademic year 1379/80 (2000/2001). 1500 students and 300 teachers were randomly selected from grades 1-3 of the guidance schools of this province. Problems were explored and listed by reviewing relevant research literature and by preparing and implementing 2 questionnaires to record the views of both teachers and students. Factor analysis was subsequently applied to the results of the questionnaires to establish main problems from the viewpoints of students and teachers. The students questionnaire yielded four factors: 1) structural problems, 2) administrative problems, 30 instructional problems, and 4) giudance and topic selection problems. From the teachers’ standpoint 3 factors were found: 1) writing skills problems, 2) Teaching problems, and 3) school problems. Teachers considered the most important aims of writing composition to be the development of thinking and imagination, ability to write and an opportunity to express ideas on the part of students.