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ERIC Number: EJ873596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Does Automated Feedback Help Students Learn to Write?
Kellogg, Ronald T.; Whiteford, Alison P.; Quinlan, Thomas
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v42 n2 p173-196 2010
We examined whether an automated essay feedback system could improve the writing performance of college students. Students in a freshmen composition course received no feedback or varying amounts of formative feedback on their first drafts of three practice essays (none, intermittent, or continuous). The students wrote a first and then a revised final draft of an essay in a writing lab held once per week. After a retention interval of 2 weeks, a test essay was written without the use of feedback to assess transfer of learning. Holistic scores showed no reliable gains, but the transfer test showed that students learned to reduce errors of mechanics, usage, grammar, and style. The benefit was found for continuous but not intermittent feedback. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement