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ERIC Number: EJ1100191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
The Relationship between Component Skills and Writing Quality and Production across Developmental Levels: A Meta-Analysis of the Last 25 Years
Kent, Shawn C.; Wanzek, Jeanne
Review of Educational Research, v86 n2 p570-601 Jun 2016
Theories of writing development posit several component skills as necessary to the writing process. This meta-analysis synthesizes the literature on the correlation between these proposed component skills and writing outcomes. Specifically, in this study, we examine the bivariate relationships between handwriting fluency, spelling, reading, and oral language and students' quality of writing and writing production. Additionally, the extent to which such relationships are moderated by student grade level and type of learner is also investigated. The findings document that each of the component skills demonstrates a weak to moderate positive relationship to outcomes assessing writing quality (rs = 0.33-0.49) and the amount students write (rs = 0.20-0.48). Moderator analyses were generally not significant with the exception that the relationship between reading and writing production was significantly higher for students in the primary grades. The implications of these findings to current theories and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A130262; R305B040074