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ERIC Number: EJ1123142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
Writing to Like Writing: A Longitudinal First-Person Education Experiment
Iran-Nejad, Asghar; Xu, Yuejin; Mansouri, Behzad
Research in the Schools, v20 n2 p35-40 Fall 2013
Reported in this article was an experiment in which 143 undergraduates in an educational psychology course were encouraged to engage in the performance learning activity (PLA) of "seeking their own revelations (or insights) and reflecting on them in writing." The hypothesis, grounded in the biofunctionally-based, first-person inclusion/exclusion theory, was that engagement in this PLA is a multi-front integration of the writer's intellectual, affective, emotional, and behavioral resources. The Writing Apprehension Scale (WAS) was used to measure the strengths of the initial (before intervention) and eventual (after intervention) apprehension dispositions of the participants. Findings from this study were that the first-person inclusive intervention engaged two performance dispositions to cause a reduction, by first-person mutual exclusion of the second/third-person disposition, in the strength of writing apprehension. This study is the first one in which seeking revelations and reflecting on them in writing lessened the strength of the writing apprehension disposition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Writing Apprehension Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A