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Improving Adolescent Writing Quality and Motivation with Sparkfolio, a Social Media Based Writing Tool


Abstract Writing instruction poses both cognitive and affective challenges, particularly for adolescents. American teens not only fall short of national writing standards, but also tend to lack motivation for school writing, claiming it is too challenging and that they have nothing interesting to write about. Yet, teens enthusiastically immerse themselves in informal writing via text messaging, email, and social media, regularly sharing their thoughts and experiences with a real audience. While these activities are, in fact, writing, research indicates that teens instead view them as simply "communication" or "being social." Accordingly, the aim of this work was to infuse formal classroom writing with naturally engaging elements ... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Sadauskas, John Paul (Author) / Atkinson, Robert K (Advisor) / Savenye, Wilhelmina (Committee member) / Liu, Huan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Education / Secondary education / design / educational technology / motivation / social media / storytelling / writing
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 226 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Technology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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