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Developing essay writing skills: an evaluation of the modelling behaviour method and the influence of student self-efficacy

Callinan, Carol and van der Zee, Emile and Wilson, Garry (2017) Developing essay writing skills: an evaluation of the modelling behaviour method and the influence of student self-efficacy. Journal of Further and Higher Education . ISSN 0309-877X

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2017.1302564

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Social cognitive learning theory has shown that observational learning positively influences essay writing development in high-school students, and that self-efficacy impacts on motivation. This study investigated the relative contribution of model observation, model evaluation, post-submission feedback, and factors relating to self-efficacy, as measured through academic confidence, in the essay writing development of 142 university students. The research compared students’ essay marks between two semesters in order to explore whether observational learning had an impact on the development of the complex skills involved. The results revealed that all students benefit from traditional feedback and higher levels of self-efficacy when developing their essay writing performance. Underperforming students particularly benefited from actual essay writing. However, contrary to the predictions drawn from the literature, students in this study did not appear to benefit from observational learning when developing their skills. Limits to social learning theory are discussed.

Keywords:Social cognitve learning theory, self-efficacy, essay writing
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:27649
Deposited On:07 Jun 2017 15:34

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