Effectiveness of an essay writing strategy for post-secondary students with developmental disabilities

Suzanne Woods-Groves, William J. Therrien, Youjia Hua, Jo M. Hendrickson, Julia W. Shaw, Charles A. Hughes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of the ANSWER Strategy (Hughes, Schumaker, & Deshler, 2005) in improving the essay composition skills of post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. The six-step strategy incorporated analyzing essay prompts, creating an outline, generating an essay response, and reviewing the answer. The students (N = 16) were assigned via a stratified random sample method to treatment or control groups. A pre- and post-test design was employed and the results were evaluated using a strategy scoring rubric. Statistically significant differences were found between the post-tests in favor of the treatment group related to their knowledge of the ANSWER strategy and the use of the strategy steps. Overall, the results indicated that the ANSWER strategy holds promise as an effective writing intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities in post-secondary settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalEducation and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Fingerprint

Developmental Disabilities
disability
Students
student
Control Groups
Therapeutics
random sample
Group

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Cite this

Woods-Groves, Suzanne ; Therrien, William J. ; Hua, Youjia ; Hendrickson, Jo M. ; Shaw, Julia W. ; Hughes, Charles A. / Effectiveness of an essay writing strategy for post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. In: Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 2012 ; Vol. 47, No. 2. pp. 210-222.
@article{cc9980624c9f4ff985479f09a70859fe,
title = "Effectiveness of an essay writing strategy for post-secondary students with developmental disabilities",
abstract = "This study examined the effectiveness of the ANSWER Strategy (Hughes, Schumaker, & Deshler, 2005) in improving the essay composition skills of post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. The six-step strategy incorporated analyzing essay prompts, creating an outline, generating an essay response, and reviewing the answer. The students (N = 16) were assigned via a stratified random sample method to treatment or control groups. A pre- and post-test design was employed and the results were evaluated using a strategy scoring rubric. Statistically significant differences were found between the post-tests in favor of the treatment group related to their knowledge of the ANSWER strategy and the use of the strategy steps. Overall, the results indicated that the ANSWER strategy holds promise as an effective writing intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities in post-secondary settings.",
author = "Suzanne Woods-Groves and Therrien, {William J.} and Youjia Hua and Hendrickson, {Jo M.} and Shaw, {Julia W.} and Hughes, {Charles A.}",
year = "2012",
month = "6",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "47",
pages = "210--222",
journal = "Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities",
issn = "2154-1647",
publisher = "Council for Exceptional Children",
number = "2",

}

Effectiveness of an essay writing strategy for post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. / Woods-Groves, Suzanne; Therrien, William J.; Hua, Youjia; Hendrickson, Jo M.; Shaw, Julia W.; Hughes, Charles A.

In: Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 47, No. 2, 01.06.2012, p. 210-222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Effectiveness of an essay writing strategy for post-secondary students with developmental disabilities

AU - Woods-Groves, Suzanne

AU - Therrien, William J.

AU - Hua, Youjia

AU - Hendrickson, Jo M.

AU - Shaw, Julia W.

AU - Hughes, Charles A.

PY - 2012/6/1

Y1 - 2012/6/1

N2 - This study examined the effectiveness of the ANSWER Strategy (Hughes, Schumaker, & Deshler, 2005) in improving the essay composition skills of post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. The six-step strategy incorporated analyzing essay prompts, creating an outline, generating an essay response, and reviewing the answer. The students (N = 16) were assigned via a stratified random sample method to treatment or control groups. A pre- and post-test design was employed and the results were evaluated using a strategy scoring rubric. Statistically significant differences were found between the post-tests in favor of the treatment group related to their knowledge of the ANSWER strategy and the use of the strategy steps. Overall, the results indicated that the ANSWER strategy holds promise as an effective writing intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities in post-secondary settings.

AB - This study examined the effectiveness of the ANSWER Strategy (Hughes, Schumaker, & Deshler, 2005) in improving the essay composition skills of post-secondary students with developmental disabilities. The six-step strategy incorporated analyzing essay prompts, creating an outline, generating an essay response, and reviewing the answer. The students (N = 16) were assigned via a stratified random sample method to treatment or control groups. A pre- and post-test design was employed and the results were evaluated using a strategy scoring rubric. Statistically significant differences were found between the post-tests in favor of the treatment group related to their knowledge of the ANSWER strategy and the use of the strategy steps. Overall, the results indicated that the ANSWER strategy holds promise as an effective writing intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities in post-secondary settings.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84861991141&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84861991141&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 47

SP - 210

EP - 222

JO - Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

JF - Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

SN - 2154-1647

IS - 2

ER -