A Model for Doctoral Students' Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Written Feedback for Academic Writing

CAN G. , Walker A.

RESEARCH IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol.52, no.5, pp.508-536, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11162-010-9204-1
  • Page Numbers: pp.508-536
  • Keywords: Doctoral students, Feedback, Academic writing, Perceptions, Attitudes, Structural equation modeling, PUBLICATION, NUMBER


The purpose of this study is to investigate social science doctoral students' perceptions and attitudes toward written feedback about their academic writing and towards those who provide it. The study culminates in an explanatory model to describe the relationships between students' perceptions and attitudes, their revision decisions, and other relevant factors in their written feedback practices. The investigation used a mixed methods approach involving 276 participants from two large mountain west public universities. The main purpose of the qualitative phase was to develop a background for a questionnaire and provisional model to be used in the quantitative phase. Structural Equation Modeling analysis during the quantitative phase provided an eight-factor model that shows the relationships of different factors regarding feedback practices as they relate to doctoral students.