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ERIC Number: EJ833376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0959-4752
Children's Cognitive Effort and Fluency in Writing: Effects of Genre and of Handwriting Automatisation
Olive, Thierry; Favart, Monik; Beauvais, Caroline; Beauvais, Lucie
Learning and Instruction, v19 n4 p299-308 Aug 2009
This study investigated the cognitive effort of 5th and 9th graders while writing a text. We manipulated genre (narrative text vs. argumentative text) and tested how level of handwriting automatisation contributes to cognitive effort and fluency in writing. The participants were 23 students from Grade 5 and 21 from Grade 9, who wrote two texts differing in genre while performing a secondary reaction time task. The results showed that cognitive effort interacted with genre. Cognitive effort decreased between Grades 5 and 9 only for writing argumentative text. Handwriting did not contribute to fluency in writing, but contributed to cognitive effort only in 5th-graders' writing of narrative text. The findings are discussed in light of the factors contributing to cognitive effort and fluency in writing. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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