Improving learning disabled students’ skills at revising essays produced on a word processor: Self-instructional strategy training

Stephen Graham, Charles MacArthur

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The present study was conducted to determine whether self-instructional strategy training would be effective in improving learning disabled students’ revising behavior and the essays they compose on a word processor. Training effects were investigated using a multiple baseline across subjects design, with multiple probes in baseline. Results indicated that strategy instruction had a positive effect on students’ revising behavior as well as on the length and quality of their written products. Effects were maintained over time and generalization to a paper-and-pencil writing task was also demonstrated. Following training, students reported that they were more confident in their ability to write and revise essays. Additionally, evidence on strategy usage and modification was collected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-152
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Special Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

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