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ERIC Number: EJ891826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
Instruction in a Strategy for Compare-Contrast Writing
MacArthur, Charles A.; Philippakos, Zoi
Exceptional Children, v76 n4 p438-456 Sum 2010
Students learned a strategy for planning, writing, and evaluating compare-contrast essays. Instruction followed the principles of self-regulated strategy development, which aims to improve knowledge about writing, strategic writing processes, self-regulation, and motivation. Six adolescent students, 3 with learning disabilities in writing and 3 average writers, were taught in pairs in a multiple baseline design. All students made substantial gains in text structure elements (percentage of non-overlapping data [PND] = 100%) and in overall writing quality (PARD = 85%). Gains in mean quality scores for individual students ranged from 1.2 to 3.2 on a 6-point scale. Gains in text structure elements were maintained for the 4 students who could be assessed; gains in quality were maintained for 2 students. Self-efficacy increased for all students. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability