Effectiveness of adapted self-regulated strategy development and feedback instruction with second language adolescents

Effectiveness of adapted self-regulated strategy development and feedback instruction with second language adolescents

First Author: R. Stacy Fields -- Middle Tennessee State University
Additional authors/chairs: 
Amy M. Elleman; Eric L. Oslund; Laura B. Clark; Zahya Ahmed; Collin Olson
Keywords: Writing, Adolescent, English Language Learners (ELL), Feedback, Self-regulation
Abstract / Summary: 

Purpose: Writing is a skill that has increased in significance due to changes in recent standards. Currently, many high school English Language Learners (ELLs) are struggling to master this priority skill. A strategy that has been shown to be effective for adolescent writers is Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD). Although this strategy has been researched with a variety of populations, it has yet to be studied in ELL high school students. An additional effective practice for ELL older student writers is providing feedback during the writing process. However, the most effective method of instruction is uncertain. This study sought to investigate the effectiveness of an adapted SRSD method as compared to business as usual method on quality and accuracy measures among ELL adolescents.
Method: To examine the effects of an adapted SRSD method on accuracy and quality outcomes an experimental, randomized control design was used. Data were collected using a pretest, post-test, control-group design.
Results: Results indicated that students in the treatment group statistically significantly improved over the business as usual control group on all quality measures. For accuracy (i.e., grammar, punctuation, sentence level errors), a small effect (g = 0.35) was reported when using researcher created near-transfer measures.
Conclusion: For educators, improving the quality of student writing is a priority. The ability to improve this overall quality in a short period of time with this population is beneficial. However, more research will have to be done on how accuracy can be improved at the same time.