ERIC Number: EJ1148140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Written Language Bursts Mediate the Relationship between Transcription Skills and Writing Performance
Limpo, Teresa; Alves, Rui A.
Written Communication, v34 n3 p306-332 Jul 2017
It is established that transcription skills (handwriting and spelling) constrain children's writing. Yet, little is known about the mechanism underlying this relationship. This study examined the mediating role of bursts and pauses on the link between transcription skills and writing fluency or text quality. For that, 174 second graders did the alphabet task and wrote a story using HandSpy. Path analyses indicated that writing fluency and text quality models were excellent descriptions of the data, with 80% and 46% of explained variance, respectively. Results showed that handwriting and spelling influenced writing fluency only indirectly via burst length and short pauses duration (full mediation); and that whereas only handwriting contributed to text quality directly, both handwriting and spelling contributed to text quality indirectly, via burst length (partial mediation). These findings suggest that better transcription skills allow students to write more words without pausing, which in turn results in more fluent and better writing.
Descriptors: Written Language, Handwriting, Spelling, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Evaluation, Writing Processes, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Alphabets, Story Telling, Path Analysis, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, Statistical Analysis, Maximum Likelihood Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal