through multiple rounds, students develop habits and become sef-directed and autonomous learners.
In this study, researchers used an instructional approach called Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) designed to help students learn the strategies used by skilled writers.
To test its effectiveness, they compared the performances of three groups of 6th thru 8th graders (n=829) in North Carolina. The children had been assigned by their teachers to one of three conditions:
Traditional writing instuctions
SRSD + Automated Writing Evaluation (AWE), a system that combines automated essay scoring with automatic feedback.
After a total of 12 hours of instruction over the course of 2 months, pre- and post-intervention measures clearly showe the effectiveness of SSRD in terms of writing quality, essay length, and essay elements (such as introduction, paragraphs, arguments, transitions, etc.); and especially when implemented through AWE.
In addition, surveys indicated that both students and teachers had a positive experience with these new methods
Source: Palermo and Thomson (2018)