Date of Award
Master of Science
Danielle S McNamara
Randy G Floyd
Ronald S Landis
Several self-report inventories assess specific aspects of writing. However, skilled writing is a multidimensional process requiring a comprehensive measure that assesses writing attitudes, self-efficacy, and strategy use. The Writing Attitudes and Strategies Self-Report Inventory (WASSI) is designed to fulfill this need. Currently in its second iteration, the WASSI-2 displays superior reliability and validity evidence when compared to other measures. The seven subscales all exceeded minimum standards for Cronbach's alpha. Additionally, the underlying factor structure that best represents the data mirrors the intended seven-factor design. Validity evidence based on external relations was yielded from correlating the WASSI-2 scores with the Daly-Miller Writing Apprehension Test, the Children's Social Desirability Scale, and expert scores on student essays; all but one of the correlations were in the expected direction and of appropriate magnitude. This evidence indicates that the WASSI may potentially be a useful assessment tool for educators and researchers.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Weston, Jennifer Lorraine, "Development of the Writing Attitudes and Strategies Self-Report Inventory" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 297.