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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

ALVAREZ-FERNANDEZ, María-Lourdes  and  GARCIA-SANCHEZ, Jesús-Nicasio. The orchestration of processes in relation to the product, and the role of psychological variables in written composition. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.96-108. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.31.1.169621.

We studied the timing of writing processes using a direct retrospective online technique, and differences in the textual product from the earliest school years where such a study is feasible to the final years of compulsory education. We also analysed a range of psychological variables to determine their modulating effect on writing. Participants comprised a highly purified sample of 348 students aged between 9 and 16 years old who presented standard development and average levels of curricular and writing competence. Our results reveal complex patterns in the development of the writing process and its orchestration, compared with the textual product, and no direct relationship was observed between development of the writing process and its timing, and improvement in the textual product. Among the youngest students, all this was mediated by psychological variables related to the existence of inaccurate perceptions of self-efficacy as regards the deployment and use of writing processes and causal attributions to external factors. The implications, limitations and future perspectives are discussed.

Keywords : Writing process; orchestration; written communication skills; textual product; psychological variables.

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