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Metacognition in student academic writing: longitudinal study of metacognitive awareness and its relation to task perception, self-regulation, and evaluation of performance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. (Centre for Academic English)
2012 (English)In: Written Communication, ISSN 0741-0883, E-ISSN 1552-8472, Vol. 29, no 2, 142-179 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article proposes a novel approach to the investigation of student academic writing. It applies theories of metacognition and self-regulated learning to understand how beginning academic writers develop the ability to participate in the communicative practices of academic written communication and develop rhetorical consciousness. The study investigates how this awareness changes over time and how it relates to students’ perceptions of the writing task, metacognitive awareness of strategic choices, and evaluation of their writing. Through a constructivist grounded theory approach, journals collected throughout a semester from students of beginning academic composition were analyzed to determine qualitative changes. The data suggest a link between task perception and students’ conditional metacognitive awareness—their understanding of how to adapt writing strategies to specific rhetorical requirements of the task and why—and performance evaluation. Metacognitive awareness also seems to have a reciprocal relationship with self-regulation and students’ development of individual writing approaches.

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2012. Vol. 29, no 2, 142-179 p.
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English for academic purposes, composition, rhetorical awareness, monitoring, self-regulated learning
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76470DOI: 10.1177/0741088312438529ISI: 000303652000002OAI: diva2:526918
Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-05-15 Last updated: 2012-10-02Bibliographically approved

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