Text box size, skill, and iterative practice in a writing task

Roxanne B. Raine, Lisa Mintz, Scott A. Crossley, Jianmin Dai, Danielle S. McNamara

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Abstract

Although freewriting strategies are commonly taught in composition courses, there have been few empirical studies on freewriting. We address this gap by examining effects of prior writing skills (as measured by a pre-write essay), freewriting training, text-box size (1, 10, 20 lines), and repetitive writing on freewriting quality. Participants watched an agent-based vicarious learning freewriting instruction video or a control video including brief instructions on freewriting. After training, participants wrote six freewrites, two in each box size. Lesson delivery and text box size did not affect expert human ratings of the freewrites. Furthermore, participants did not benefit from writing successive freewrites regardless of their initial skill level. We describe how these results have been used to inform die design of Writing-Pal, an essay-writing intelligent tutoring system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24
Pages537-542
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 9 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24 - Palm Beach, FL, United States
Duration: May 18 2011May 20 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24

Other

Other24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24
CountryUnited States
CityPalm Beach, FL
Period5/18/115/20/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Raine, R. B., Mintz, L., Crossley, S. A., Dai, J., & McNamara, D. S. (2011). Text box size, skill, and iterative practice in a writing task. In Proceedings of the 24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24 (pp. 537-542). (Proceedings of the 24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS - 24).