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ERIC Number: EJ771770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Improving the Quality of Students' Academic Writing: An Intervention Study
Boscolo, Pietro; Arfe, Barbara; Quarisa, Mara
Studies in Higher Education, v32 n4 p419-438 Aug 2007
An intervention aimed at improving academic writing--in particular, synthesis writing - was conducted with 52 undergraduate students of psychology of the University of Padua (Italy). Before and after the intervention, which lasted 12 weeks, participants were administered a questionnaire on beliefs about writing and a synthesis writing task. During the intervention, participants practised academic writing by composing texts which were revised by the teacher, and analysing and discussing examples of good and poor academic texts. The results showed an improvement in students' ability to write a synthesis, whereas their beliefs about writing were only partially affected by the intervention. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy