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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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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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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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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