Improving quick writing performance of middle-school struggling learners

Linda H. Mason, Richard M. Kubina, Douglas E. Kostewicz, Anne Mong Cramer, Shawn Datchuk

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Writing performanceperformance of 279 seventh- and eighth-grade students in four urban charter schools was evaluated in comparison group pretest/posttest quasi-experimental study. Thirty-three students, identified by cut scores on a standardized fluency measure, received supplemental one-to-one Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) instruction for persuasive quick writing. Fifty-one students with scores below the cut participated as an eligible non-treatment comparison; 195 students with scores above the cut participated as a non-eligible comparison group. All students' written responses were evaluated before and after the intervention. Results of repeated measures analysis indicated that students in treatment (additional instruction time. +. SRSD. +. planned practice-testing) significantly improved quick writing performance after instruction when compared to pretest performance, and when compared to eligible comparison, with large effect sizes for number of persuasive elements and organizational quality and medium effects for persuasive quality. When compared to non-eligible comparison, students in treatment had significantly higher scores for organizational quality (large effects) and persuasive quality (small effects).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-246
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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