The role of research-article writing motivation and self-regulatory strategies in explaining researcharticle abstract writing ability

Ming Chia Lin, Yuh Show Cheng, Sieh Hwa Lin, Pei Jung Hsieh

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of researcharticle writing motivation and use of self-regulatory writing strategies in explaining second language (L2) research-article abstract writing ability, alongside the L2 literacy effect. Four measures were administered: a L2 literacy test, a research abstract performance assessment, and inventories of writing motivation and strategy. Participants were L2 graduate students in Taiwan (N = 185; M age = 25.8 yr., SD = 4.5, range = 22–53). Results of structural equation modeling showed a direct effect of motivation on research-article writing ability, but no direct effect of strategy or indirect effect of motivation via strategy on research-article writing ability, with L2 literacy controlled. The findings suggest research-article writing instruction should address writing motivation, besides L2 literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-415
Number of pages19
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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