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ERIC Number: ED434541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 21
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University Students' Beliefs about Writing and Writing Approaches.
Lavelle, Ellen; Zuercher, Nancy
This study examined students' beliefs about themselves as writers and about their experiences of learning through writing. A sample of 30 students enrolled in 2 freshman composition classes at a medium-sized Midwestern university completed a 74-item inventory measuring student writing approaches. Following administration of the inventory, 13 students with the highest scores were selected for semi-structured interviews. Five types of student writing approaches were identified: (1) elaborative, which views writing as deeply personal and marked by a search for personal meaning; (2) low self-efficacy, a highly fearful approach based on doubting ability and thinking about writing as a painful task; (3) reflective-revisionist, which describes a writing orientation based on a sophisticated understanding of the revision process; (4) spontaneous-impulsive, which profiles an impulsive, unplanned approach; and (5) the procedural approach, a method-driven strategy based on strict adherence to rules and minimal involvement. The report concludes that an understanding of student perceptions about their writing is important to helping them gain a positive identity in writing as a precursor to acquiring increased skills. (Contains 29 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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