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Harwood, Nigel – Written Communication, 2018
There has been much interest recently in researching the changes editors, supervisors, and other language brokers make to the writing of L2 researchers who are attempting to publish in English. However, studies focused on the presubmission proofreading of students' university essays are rarer. In this study of student proofreading, 14 UK…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Writing (Composition)
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Limpo, Teresa; Alves, Rui A. – Written Communication, 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…
Descriptors: Written Language, Handwriting, Spelling, Writing Skills
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Van Der Steen, Steffie; Samuelson, Dianne; Thomson, Jennifer M. – Written Communication, 2017
This study addresses the current debate about the beneficial effects of text processing software on students with different working memory (WM) during the process of academic writing, especially with regard to the ability to display higher-level conceptual thinking. A total of 54 graduate students (15 male, 39 female) wrote one essay by hand and…
Descriptors: Word Processing, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Writing (Composition), Educational Benefits
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Crossley, Scott A.; Muldner, Kasia; McNamara, Danielle S. – Written Communication, 2016
Idea generation is an important component of most major theories of writing. However, few studies have linked idea generation in writing samples to assessments of writing quality or examined links between linguistic features in a text and idea generation. This study uses human ratings of idea generation, such as "idea fluency, idea…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Essays, Concept Formation
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Lancaster, Zak – Written Communication, 2014
Drawing on the appraisal framework from systemic functional linguistics (SFL), this article examines patterns of stance in a corpus of 92 high- and low-graded argumentative papers written in the context of an upper-level course in economics. It interprets differential patterns of stance in students' texts in light of interview commentaries…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Economics, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Dryer, Dylan B. – Written Communication, 2013
This analysis of 83 scoring rubrics and grade definitions from writing programs at U.S. public research universities captures the current state of the struggle to define and measure specific writing traits, and it enables an induction of the underlying theoretical construct of "academic writing" present at these writing programs. Findings suggest…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Tests, Writing Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics
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Lee, Jihyun – Written Communication, 2013
Based on eighth-grade writing assessment data from the 1998 (N = 20,586) and 2007 (N = 139,900) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), this study examines the relationships among students' writing attitudes, learning-related behaviors, and gender in relation to writing performance. Overall, the effects of attitudes were slightly…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Writing Tests, Data Analysis, Writing Evaluation
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Negretti, Raffaella – Written Communication, 2012
This article proposes a novel approach to the investigation of student academic writing. It applies theories of metacognition and self-regulated learning to understand how beginning academic writers develop the ability to participate in the communicative practices of academic written communication and develop rhetorical consciousness. The study…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Constructivism (Learning), Writing (Composition), Student Attitudes
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Juzwik, Mary M.; Curcic, Svjetlana; Wolbers, Kimberly; Moxley, Kathleen D.; Dimling, Lisa M.; Shankland, Rebecca K. – Written Communication, 2006
This study charts the terrain of research on writing during the 6-year period from 1999 to 2004, asking "What are current trends and foci in research on writing?" In examining a cross-section of writing research, the authors focus on four issues: (a) What are the general problems being investigated by contemporary writing researchers? Which of the…
Descriptors: Writing Research, Age Groups, Writing Evaluation, Writing Processes
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Saunders, Paula; Scialfa, Charles T. – Written Communication, 2003
The purpose of Study 1a was to determine the criteria that differentiate students who perform well and those who perform poorly on a standardized test of university-level writing. Discriminant function analysis revealed that measures of structure, sentencing, paragraphing, and grammar play the most important role in separating these two groups.…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Discriminant Analysis
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Berge, Kjell Lars – Written Communication, 2002
The article presents the cultural background, methodological design, theory, and results of a comprehensive research project where the doxa and textual norms of the judges at the national writing exam in Norway were studied. The background of the study is the quite comprehensive reforms in Norway of the way writing is taught in the upper secondary…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Norms, Foreign Countries, Cultural Background
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Hayes, John R.; Hatch, Jill A.; Silk, Christine M. – Written Communication, 2000
Analyzes approximately 4,800 independent evaluations of 796 essays written by 241 students in 13 first-year writing classes at two colleges. Finds very low consistency of holistically scored student performance from essay to essay, suggesting that drawing conclusions from one or even a few writing samples of a particular student is problematic.…
Descriptors: Evaluation Problems, Higher Education, Holistic Evaluation, Reliability
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Rafoth, Bennett A.; Rubin, Donald L. – Written Communication, 1984
Concludes that mechanics had a greater influence on raters' judgments of student writing than either content or rating instructions. Findings suggest that evaluators may not be able to focus on individual criteria of writing quality. (FL)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Needs, Grammar
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Breland, Hunter M.; Jones, Robert J. – Written Communication, 1984
Examines the questions: (1) What criteria do raters use when making holistic judgments of brief, impromptu essays? and (2) Do raters judge such essays in the same way they think they do? (FL)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Holistic Evaluation, Secondary Education
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Wolfe, Edward W.; Kao, Chi-Wen; Ranney, Michael – Written Communication, 1998
Examines behavioral differences of essay scorers who demonstrate different levels of proficiency. Compares three proficiency groups to identify differences in essay features considered, understandings of the scoring rubric, and decision-making procedures. Finds that scorers with different proficiency levels do not focus on different essay features…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, High Schools, Psychometrics, Scoring
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