This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Writing Through College: Self-Efficacy and Instruction

Writing Through College: Self-Efficacy and Instruction

Writing through college: Self-efficacy and instruction

Writing is an ideal academic assignment for college students. In addition to helping students remember facts and concepts and develop critical thinking (Sternglass, 1997), writing provides a cognitive map, one that is subject to reconstruction in the process of revision (Lavelle, 1993). However, writing is difficult. Perhaps no other academic task is so demanding. For one thing, writing imposes tremendous constraints on working memory involving a full range of demands: intentionality, theme, genre, paragraph, sentence, and lexical and grammar dimensions. Additionally, writers are faced with having to constantly alternate between global concerns such as intentionality and voice and local foci such as grammar and punctuation (Biggs, 1988). Beginning writers need to manage the physical ...

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