ERIC Number: ED249523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Relationships among Writing Ability, Grade Level, Writing Apprehension and Knowledge of Composing as a Process in Secondary School Students.
Petrosko, Joseph M.; And Others
Drawing upon the processing, distancing, and affective streams of writing research, a study examined the relationships among key variables in the writing of sixth through twelfth grade students: grade level, writing ability, knowledge of appropriate and inappropriate writing behaviors, and writing apprehension. Subjects, 496 students from an urban school district, completed an instrument designed to measure knowledge of appropriate writing behaviors and a writing apprehension test. Additional data were gathered from teacher ratings of student writing ability. Results indicated that students rated lowest in writing ability were less able to identify written descriptions of appropriate and inappropriate writing behavior than were high ability students. In addition, writing ability was related to emotional apprehension about the act of writing, with low ability students showing greater apprehension than high ability students. Multiple regression analysis revealed that student knowledge of appropriate and inappropriate writing behavior was a significant predictor of writing ability. (A copy of the instrument to measure student knowledge of appropriate writing behavior is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).