Writerly Self-Efficacy Research

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At our Writing Center, we are actively researching and focusing our knowledge to create new directions for writing center theory and practice. This post details one of he many projects we have engaged in over the years. If you are interested in learning more about what we do or would like to get involved, please reach out to us by email at writingcenter@wou.edu or give us a call at 503-838-8286. We’d love to hear from you! 

Self-Efficacy Journal Article

Check out the study here! 

Creating our Writing Self-Efficacy Scale

In order to measure the impact of the Writing Center on students, together with Dr. Joel E. Alexander, the Writing Center developed a scale to measure students’ writerly self-efficacy. The scale allows the writing centers to track students’ writerly self-efficacy across multiple sessions. Further, the scale creates a way for writing centers to track and report to administration the performance and importance of the writing center.

For more information about the validity and creation of the scale read “The Empirical Development of an Instrument to Measure Writerly Self-Efficacy in Writing Centers” by Katherine M. Schmidt and Joel E. Alexander in The Journal of Writing Assessment.

To access the scale, click here: PSWSES revised

For questions or additional information regarding the scale and its applications, contact Katherine Schmidt.