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ERIC Number: EJ951732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1057-3569
State Writing Assessment: Inclusion of Motivational Factors in Writing Tasks
Olinghouse, Natalie G.; Zheng, Jinjie; Morlock, Larissa
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v28 n1 p97-119 2012
This study evaluated large-scale state writing assessments for the inclusion of motivational characteristics in the writing task and written prompt. We identified 6 motivational variables from the authentic activity literature: time allocation, audience specification, audience intimacy, definition of task, allowance for multiple perspectives, and real-world relevance and purpose. We analyzed 222 prompts from 44 states. We present descriptive results for each variable. Chi-square analyses indicated whether there were education-level (e.g., elementary school, middle school, high school) differences for inclusion of each motivational variable with writing tasks and prompts. We discuss suggestions for future research. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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