Date Approved

6-19-2008

Embargo Period

3-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Wassell, Beth A.

Subject(s)

Composition (Language arts); Educational evaluation

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine what happened when self-evaluations were used to improve the writing quality, motivation, and self-efficacy of students in a fourth grade class. Participants included a class sample of 16 students, ages 9-10 years old (8-female, 8-male). Students were given a writing assignment in which they had an active part in planning and evaluating their own work. Observations, informal interviews, and surveys were taken before implementation and compared to data taken after implementation to examine effectiveness of strategy on motivation and self-efficacy. Writing samples were taken from assignments completed prior to and after implementation, and were evaluated by the teacher-research and cooperating teacher, with a writing rubric. Evaluations from samples taken prior to and after were compared and results were used to examine effectiveness of strategy on writing quality. Findings suggest that self-evaluations may help increase student motivation to write and help improve writing quality.

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