ERIC Number: EJ740251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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A Program for Improving Undergraduate Psychology Students' Basic Writing Skills
Fallahi, Carolyn R.; Wood, Rebecca M.; Austad, Carol Shaw; Fallahi, Hamid
Teaching of Psychology, v33 n3 p171-175 2006
We examined the effects of in-class writing instruction, practice, peer review, and feedback on writing skills of undergraduates enrolled in a general psychology course. We rated writing for grammar, writing style, mechanics, and American Psychological Association referencing style. Significant differences emerged on the 4 writing skill domains (p less than 0.001). Improvement occurred immediately for referencing, whereas other skills did not improve significantly until the 4th paper. The results show that teaching writing in content courses such as general psychology can yield significant improvement in students' writing. We believe that writing instruction by psychology professors is worth the time and effort to help undergraduate psychology students develop better writing skills.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Basic Writing, Writing Skills, Student Improvement, Improvement Programs, Peer Evaluation, Feedback, Writing Exercises, Content Area Writing, Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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