What Do Middle Grades Preservice Teachers Believe about Writing and Writing Instruction?
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionHodges, T.S., Wright, K.L., McTigue, E. (2019) Research in Middle Level Education Online. 42(2), pp. 1-15. 10.1080/19404476.2019.1565508
After third grade, students’ motivation and enjoyment of writing begins to wane, and this trend continues through mostoftheireducation.Middlegradestudentsespecially need high-quality writing instruction; however, many teachers report feeling inadequately prepared to teach writing. To combat these issues, teacher preparation programs should understand how their preservice teachers feel about writing and teaching writing. The present study surveyed 150 middle grade preservice teachers to determine their self-efﬁcacy beliefs about writing and writing instruction. Results indicate that preservice teachers valued writing, but did not feel conﬁdent with many speciﬁc aspects of writing instruction.