Electronic essay writing with postsecondary students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Suzanne Woods-Groves, Saeed S. Alqahtani, Kinga Balint-Langel, Amanda Kern

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This study examined the efficacy of an electronic essay-writing strategy to improve the expository writing skills of 20 young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in a program at an institute of higher education in the midwest. A pretest and posttest experimental design with random assignment to treatment or control group was used to investigate the mnemonic-driven electronic writing strategy. The writing strategy supported students' construction of essay responses using a computer. Students used the strategy and a computer word program to examine an electronically presented essay test question, plan through the construction of an electronic outline, and create and revise an electronic essay response. Pretest and posttest essay responses were evaluated through proximal and distal rubrics. Results revealed a significant positive effect for the treatment group when compared to the control group for overall essay quality including use of ideas and content, and word choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalEducation and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported herein was supported in part by the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), U.S. Department of Education, through Grant P407A100030 to The University of Iowa. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the OPE or the U.S. Department of Education. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Suzanne Woods-Groves, Special Education, Rehabilitation, & Counseling, 2084 Halely Center, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. E-mail: woodssu@auburn.edu

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