Academic Writing Development in Initial Teacher Training: Tutoring in a Writing Centre as a Strategy for the Modelling of Students

By María Constanza Errázuriz.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Writing is a key skill in the development of meaningful learning. Nonetheless, evidence shows that in primary school and higher levels of education students do not have enough writing skills to successfully accomplish the required learning in different disciplines. In this study, we will show the results of an investigation in developing the writing skills of teacher-training students at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Campus Villarrica. To do this, a peer-tutoring threefold modelling writing centre was designed and implemented. A quantitative study and a quasi-experimental design (a naturally occurring group design) were carried out regarding students’ and tutors’ performances. The results showed that tutoring modelling was an effective strategy for improving writing quality, since the students that participated were able to improve their performance significantly after a semester.

Keywords: Academic Literacy, Writing Centres, Initial Teacher Training, Modelling, Tutoring

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.27-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 31, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.193KB)).

María Constanza Errázuriz

Professor, Campus Villarrica, Campus Villarrica of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Villarrica, Araucanía, Chile