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Argumentative writing by junior high school students: Discourse knowledge and writing performance / Escritura argumentativa en alumnos de secundaria: Conocimiento sobre el discurso y rendimiento en la escritura

Malpique, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-1683-9906 and Veiga-Simão, A.M. (2016) Argumentative writing by junior high school students: Discourse knowledge and writing performance / Escritura argumentativa en alumnos de secundaria: Conocimiento sobre el discurso y rendimiento en la escritura. Infancia y Aprendizaje: Journal for the Study of Education and Development, 39 (1). pp. 150-186.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02103702.2015.1111609
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Abstract

This study examined junior high school students' knowledge about the process of argumentative writing and whether discourse knowledge predicted students' writing performance. Participants were 26 ninth grade students (aged 13-15). Students wrote an argumentative text and responded to questions assessing their declarative knowledge about writing in general, and their declarative, procedural and conditional knowledge about argumentative writing in particular. Students' responses describing the argumentative writing process were mainly centred on substantive and production procedures, on abilities associated with writing and on seeking assistance for text composing. Descriptions were mainly focused on opinion writing, omitting the importance of taking an argumentative position and of using evidence to support arguments and counterarguments. A reduced number of students considered the need to accommodate their writing to a potential reader. In addition, knowledge of substantive procedures and knowledge of reader's fit were significantly correlated with writing quality and planning complexity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2015 Fundacion Infancia y Aprendizaje
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/52272
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