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Many educators assume that providing students choice in writing is important. However, we found that it was important when students got to choose their argumentative position because having choice increased students' feelings of competence related to the writing activity.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that providing choice enhances students' feelings of competence in the writing activity. Furthermore, their perceived competence can carry over to future writing activities, resulting in better writing on future writing assignments.

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This page is a summary of: The effects of choice versus preference on writing and the mediating role of perceived competence., Journal of Educational Psychology, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/edu0000765.
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