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Exploring the Structure of Academic Writing Ability by Factor Analysis

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  • 因子分析による学術的文章作成力の構造解析
  • インシ ブンセキ ニ ヨル ガクジュツテキ ブンショウ サクセイリョク ノ コウゾウ カイセキ

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<p>The purpose of this research is to analyze the structure of academic writing ability of first-year and second-year university students—students who are at the stage of general education. Practitioners and scholars have analyzed students’ writing ability; however, analyses on university students have been limited to those conducted under subjective criteria based on practices in a particular classroom or a certain course. Studies using objective methods have typically been limited to the level of junior-high and high-school students. Thus, the present study analyzed a larger sample of students’ papers at the university level using an objective methodology—factor analysis. 384 assignment papers from various courses written by first-year and second-year university students were evaluated using thirty-five criteria. The criteria were all based on the skills of academic writing without regard to specific fields. Factor analysis indicated five factors relevant to students’ academic writing ability: words and sentences, content, paragraphs, overall organization, and references. This five-factor structure of students’ academic writing ability can be applied in designing an academic writing course as well as in developing a rubric for assessing students’ academic writing at the stage of general education.</p>

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  • CRID
    1390282680759347968
  • NII Article ID
    130007049461
  • NII Book ID
    AA12222209
  • DOI
    10.18950/jade.11.2_151
  • ISSN
    24238252
    18810470
  • NDL BIB ID
    027979949
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
    • KAKEN
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