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ERIC Number: EJ883730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Efficacy and Anxiety: An Examination of Writing Attitudes in a First-Year Seminar
Goodman, Sheryl Baratz; Cirka, Carol Cabrey
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v20 n3 p5-28 2009
The authors investigated changes in self-efficacy in writing and writing apprehension in a sample of first-year college students in an interdisciplinary writing-intensive course taught by faculty from varied disciplines at a liberal arts college. Results showed that self-efficacy in writing significantly increased while writing apprehension decreased significantly from the beginning to the end of the semester. In addition, writing apprehension partially mediated the effect of self-efficacy in writing on performance, as measured by course grades. These findings highlight the importance of looking beyond students' ability and instructor course design to the role of self-efficacy and apprehension in understanding students' writing performance. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A